On prioritizing the soft skills to be included in the NESSIE materials

On prioritizing the soft skills to be included in the NESSIE materials

A possible approach to select the soft skills to be included in the NESSIE materials may arise from the study we referred to in our previous writing. What they have done is to count how frequently each soft skill appear in the professions and then construct a frequency table. We may consider using this table to include the most frequently used ones.

I explain the procedure step by step.

They start with the table of soft skills useful for a profession. A short extract of this table is given below.

Journalist, editor – Authors, journalists andother writers (2451)Journalist, editor is a person of higher qualification

preparing news, articles and reports for

press, radio broadcasting or television and

executing reporter, narrator and newscaster


SS03 Flexibility, SS04 Creativity, SS06 Interpersonal understanding, SS09 Communication,SS10 Impact/Influence, SS14 Achievement orientation, SS16 Initiative-Active approach,

SS20 Autonomy

Actor – Film, stage and related actors anddirectors (2455)Actor is a person with higher qualification

creatively interpreting roles or telling prosaic,

poetic and dramatic texts at the theatre, at

televison, radio or film.

SS01 Self-control and stress resistance, SS02 Self-confidence, SS03 Flexibility, SS04 Creativity,SS06 Interpersonal understanding, SS08 Cooperation with others, SS09 Communication,

SS10 Impact/Influence

Table 1

Starting from this table they count how many times a soft skill appears in the professions. From the count they produce they construct a frequency table, that states how frequently each soft skill appears in their list of professions. That table is given below.


High transferability

Moderate transferability

Low transferability

Soft skills

SS08 Co-operation with others (100.0)SS09 Communication (100.0)SS14 Achievement orientation (95.0)

SS17 Problem solving (70.0)

SS20 Autonomy (90.0)

SS01 Self-control and stressresistance (55.0)SS03 Flexibility (35.0)

SS06 Interpersonal understanding


SS07 Customer orientation (40.0)

SS10 Impact/Influence (55.0)

SS15 Concern for order, quality

and accuracy (50.0)

SS16 Initiative-Active approach


SS18 Planning and organizing


SS21 Analytical thinking (65.0)

SS02 Self-confidence (20.0)SS04 Creativity (15.0)SS05 Lifelong learning (15.0)

SS11 Organisation awareness (0.0)

SS12 Leadership (10.0)

SS13 Developing others (5.0)

SS19 Information exploring (15.0)

SS22 Conceptual thinking (30.0)

Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate the level of transferability; they show the share of sectors (from total of 20) in percentages, whereindividual skills are relevant for at least three occupations.

Table 2

This frequency table is indicative how often a soft skill appears in the professions. For example “Communication”, with a rank 100%, appears in all sectors. The same information, in a bit more elaborated form, is given in the table below.


Table 3

Table 3 contains the same information as Table 2 and additionally shows for which sectors the corresponding soft skill is relevant.

A possible approach is initially deal with the soft skills most frequently appear in the sectors, and thus having a better rank in the Tables 2 and 3.

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