Millennials need to acquire soft skills – survey

KUALA LUMPUR, Millennials are hungry to learn, and willing to invest in upskilling to acquire soft skills as revealed by HBR Ascend Youth Skills Survey 2019 on World Youth Skills Day.

The skills include strategic thinking, negotiation techniques, networking skills, communications and analytical thinking, according to Country Manager (India), Harvard Business Publishing, Vivek Chachra.

The survey provides valuable insights on the new perspectives and opinions of millennials about their work, following a study of over 2,700 young professionals and graduating students from more than 100 countries.

It is reported that almost three out of four respondents are confident of their technical ability while only less than 10 per cent of the respondents have expressed a lack of confidence in their technical skills.

The top barriers to performance at work which include office politics, lack of training and development, unclear roles, restrictive work culture, lack of collaboration, and excessive workload have reflected more culture- related factors than a lack of personal development.

Also reported is an employer of choice is defined by flexible work conditions, clear career path with advancement opportunities, strong training and development programmes, clear vision of corporate goals and mission, and passionate and engaging leaders.

For more details on the survey’s results, visit

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)