Expert Series: Soft Skills for IT Success w/ Bikendra Thapa
Soft skills play a critical role in business and professional success. In our latest expert series, we have the opportunity to speak with Bikendra Thapa, a professional with more than 15 years of experience in developing and executing business and HR strategies on a global scale.
Don’t miss this podcast to learn more about why soft skills are critical in the IT world and which ones are the most relevant according to this expert. Do you have them? Are you working on them? Don’t miss the opportunity to enhance your understanding of the crucial role soft skills play in the dynamic landscape of the IT industry.
In-Demand Soft Skills for IT Professionals
Bikendra insists on the importance of soft skills for the near future. He backs up his opinion with some recent reports, such as this one from Deloitte, which states that by 2030, more than half of all jobs will be soft skill dominated. “Particularly when it comes to IT jobs, you need hard skills, but beyond that knowledge, you need soft skills to do the job effectively,” remarks Bikendra.
Employers increasingly recognize the significance of soft skills, which are crucial for an employee’s success within a team, a company, and the organization itself. Bikendra states that the key soft skill for the next five years is analytical thinking followed by creative thinking: “As jobs become more complicated, the ability to gather information, organize it, analyze it, and present results is very important, and this is analytical thinking.”
The field of IT serves as a perfect illustration of this necessity. Moreover, creative thinking holds significant value in the current era of intricate jobs, where a diverse workforce necessitates constant adaptation and resilience in this ever-changing environment. At Skedler we agree. We recently talked about the importance of soft skills in this article about the skills needed to be an Machine Learning Engineer. Check it out!
Top Soft Skills in IT
These are the top soft skills highlighted in our Expert Series. To delve deeper into why these skills are crucial, we invite you to watch the video.
- Analytical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Social skills
Evolution and Future Predictions for Soft Skills in IT
According to Bikendra, future professionals need to possess leadership and social influence skills. Often operating in silos, IT professionals must bring coordination to the table, bridging the gap between departments.He emphasizes, “Apart from possessing hard skills and proficiency in tool usage, individuals must have the ability to leverage them effectively to convince stakeholders and drive business results.”
About Bikendra Thapa
Bikendra Thapa is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of expertise in formulating and executing business and HR strategies across startups, non-profits, and large organizations in 12 countries spanning four continents. His career reflects a commitment to shaping and implementing impactful strategies.
Beyond his extensive experience, Bikendra is renowned for his dedication to fostering strategic thinking and decision-making skills among early career professionals. His success in guiding individuals toward professional growth and resilience is evident in his notable impact on over 3000 students through courses on platforms like Udemy and SkillShare.