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Highly-prized engineers posses a balance of soft and technical skills
Competition for engineers with a balanced set of technical and soft skills couldn’t be stiffer. A study by Michigan State University of 282 organizations, ranging in size from 20 or fewer to more than 25,000 employees, ranked soft skills first among essential engineering skills, followed by technical skills. Moreover, an examination of the labor market since 1980 shows demand for employees with a balance of soft and technical skills tops the list, while demand for those with technical skills alone resides near the bottom.
Sure, engineering degrees teach technical skills, but where can engineers learn indispensable soft skills like communication, decision making, problem solving, self-management, teamwork, professionalism, and leadership?
The answer is right here, through the Engineering Leadership Institute. Through the Engineering Leadership Institute, engineers gain the soft skills that industry demands, unleash high performance, and fuel career success.
Convenient online learning from the Engineering Leadership Institute (ELI) provide the Success Enabling Skills that empower engineers and engineering practices to outperform and out-progress their counterparts
The ELI Performance Certification System™ uses short, on-demand video modules, downloadable resources, online assessments, and digital badging to deliver affordable online learning and insights that transform professional achievers into standout, high-performers.
Its curriculum takes the Engineering Competency Model, or ECM – developed jointly by the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors (NCEES) and the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) – from page to practice, and provides the balanced skills that enable engineers to command annual salaries up to $29,000 higher than colleagues with technical skills alone.
In addition, a 2016 study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers revealed that over 70% of employers surveyed prioritize teamwork, writing, problem-solving, and work ethic, and over 60% stress verbal communication skills, flexibility, adaptability, interpersonal, and technical skills when hiring. According to the National Soft Skills Association, technical skills “are only part of what’s necessary to be a successful employee,” and employers today are concerned that employees don’t have the necessary soft skills to succeed in the workplace. Finally, Forbes magazine states 94% of recruiting professionals believe an employee with strong soft skills are more likely to be promoted, and 75% of recruiting professionals report cutting short an interview because a candidate didn’t demonstrate sufficient soft skill competencies.
Created by professional engineers for engineering professionals
Engineers like you created ELI and the ELI Performance Certification System. We’re seasoned professionals whose experience spans owning and operating a successful Civil Engineering and Land Planning firm, as well as mentoring individuals, leading workgroups, and providing strategic leadership to executive teams and entire divisions for engineering firms large and small. And through our more than six decades of combined professional engineering experience one crucial fact stands out: technical skills alone aren’t enough to unleash high-performance and realize sustained success.
We discovered that engineers need foundational Success Enabling Skills to improve communication, focus energy, increase collaboration, foster personal agility, and build self-esteem, confidence, and opportunities for advancement. Witnessing first-hand how deploying Success Enabling Skills in our individual team members unleashed high-performance led us to create ELI and the ELI Performance Certification System.