Shaping the Competencies of the Future

The Importance of Developing Soft Skills in Higher Education


  • Olha Zadorina State institution “South Ukrainian National Pedagogical university named after K. D. Ushinsky”
  • Liana Burchak Dovzhenko Hlukhiv National Pedagogical University
  • Olena Panas Lviv State University of Life Safety
  • Olena Ardelian Volodymyr Vynnychenko Central Ukrainian State University
  • Hanna Apalat Volodymyr Vynnychenko Central Ukrainian State University



soft skill, university, VUCA, BANI, experiental learning


The article explores the significance of soft skills in the contemporary job market, emphasizing their crucial role in ensuring successful participation in the work process, enhancing productivity, and their relevance across various professions. Soft skills are portrayed as versatile competencies not tied to specific subject areas, encompassing the ability to approach problems from multiple perspectives, employ creative problem-solving methods, and adapt algorithms for analysis and synthesis. This study employs a precise methodological approach, including content analysis, systemic analysis, and structural-logical analysis, to deeply explore the dynamics and importance of soft skills in today's contexts. The article underscores the shifting demands of the modern labor market, particularly in the transition from a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) state to a BANI (Brittle, Anxious, Nonlinear, Incomprehensible) state, highlighting the increased turbulence and unpredictability of the work environment. In response to this evolving landscape, the article suggests a paradigm shift in the design and implementation of higher education courses and programs. It advocates for a greater emphasis on experiential learning methods and the cultivation of emotional intelligence. The article proposes the development of additional training programs aimed at nurturing personal qualities encompassing all aspects of soft skills. The findings of this research are deemed valuable for enhancing university training programs, better equipping young professionals to excel in the competitive and ever-evolving BANI-environment. The article contributes to a deeper understanding of the pivotal role soft skills play in shaping successful career trajectories for emerging specialists.


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