5th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management

An Analysis Soft Skills Required in the Academic Faculty Positions

Zeynep Didem Unutmaz Durmuşoğlu & Alptekin Durmusoglu
Publisher: IEOM Society International
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Track: Engineering Management

In the business world, it is known that there is an increasing demand for basic/soft skills that are outside the profession and job-specific skills, but are required for all professions. Among these soft skills, the most known and demanded social skills are: professional attitude, problem solving, critical thinking, business ethics, public speaking, professional writing, teamwork, digital literacy, leadership, and suitability for multicultural work environments. What the concept of soft skill should express precisely is one's ability to master controllable actions in certain subjects. The ambiguity of the definition of the concept also makes it difficult to use data-based methods to measure soft skills. There are studies in the scientific literature that see soft skills as a synergy of multiple competencies that can be acquired through experience and knowledge. This paper analyzed 718 academic job postings using the SkillNER software used to automatically extract soft skills from text and sought to identify social skills sought in academics. It was determined that there were 555 soft skills requests in 718 job postings. The most requested soft skills in these job postings were communication, leadership and suitability for teamwork, respectively.

Faculty positions, soft skills, SkillNER, job postings.


Published in: 5th European International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Rome, Italy

Publisher: IEOM Society International
Date of Conference: July 26-28, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-7923-9161-3
ISSN/E-ISSN: 2169-8767