Volume 7. Issue.1:2019

Assistant Professor of English English Language Centre, King Faisal University Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
doi: https://doi.org/10.33329/rjelal.7119.109


Tell me and I forget Teach me and I remember Involve me and I learn – Benjamin Franklin Education is the process of facilitating learning or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs and habits. The role of teachers is remarkably great in education system because they groom and edify their students in all aspects. Apart from regular curriculum, teachers need to train their students in communication skills, technical skills, and soft skills today. If the students do not acquire those skills, they cannot seize the opportunities in cut-throat business world today, only with academic credentials. Apparently, there is a great demand for soft skills in this modern and global high-technology era. Therefore, it is indispensable for teachers to focus on soft skills besides regular curriculum because soft skills or life skills are connected to successful career in life. In fact, soft skills, referred to as life skills, play a vital role in our lives especially in our development and success. Soft skills are the personal traits, personal attributes, inherent social cues and communication abilities. Soft skills include attitude, communication, creative thinking, team work, work ethics, networking, decision making, positivity, time management, motivation, problem-solving, flexibility, critical thinking and conflict resolution. So the teachers need to groom their students in soft skills also for their growth and success as well as personality development. This paper emphasizes the necessity of soft skills for a successful career in terms of personality development and professional growth. Moreover, it explains the two concepts ‘soft skills’ and ‘personality development’ and their interdependence. This research paper focuses on the necessity of developing soft skills in the modern world and teaching of soft skills also. At the same time, it addresses some of the pertinent questions that young people have in their minds today. For this purpose, the relevant data is presented in support of the topic and based on the research findings, some suggestions are made with regard to soft skills in the end. Key Words: career, globalization, necessity, personality development, soft skills, success, teaching, training.