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Google discovered that the most important qualities of top Googlers were not STEM-related at all…

Google used to only hire computer science students, but that changed when Google discovered that the most important qualities of top Googlers were not STEM-related at all…

In 2013, Google conducted a study that aimed to identify the most important traits of its top employees, and they were shocked to learn that STEM-related skills (that is, skills in science, engineering, technology, and math), ranked last. Instead, successful Googlers  exhibited strong soft skills, including communication and empathy. In fact, skills related to emotional intelligence and emotional safety topped the chart.

 

What Google’s report means for your students today?

As students begin writing their “What I want to be…” college-application essays, they’re often advised to write about STEM-related fields, believing that these hard skills will make them workforce-ready.

However, while STEM is pivotal in today’s world, we desperately need people who exhibit soft skills and are able bridge the gap between humans and computers. By teaching your students soft skills, you can prepare them for the work of the future, ready to be the next top Googler.

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Jochen Hsia

I am excited to work with teachers on equipping students with the right skills to succeed in the future.