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The characteristics of a great Castillian software engineer: Soft skills

4 months ago by Claire Cauchi
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​The characteristics of a great Castillian software engineer is part of a series written by Joseph Glynn and Claire Cauchi, check out part one and part two.

Castillians Soft Skills


Did you know that your soft skills contribute significantly to your professional success, and it takes more than your qualification and technical skills to excel in your job in Malta and abroad?

Which are the soft skills that make a great Castillian?

1. STRONG WORK ETHIC

These examples of soft skills are seemingly simple things like being punctual, getting things done on time, and understanding that a software developer, accounting, or other job might be more than punching in and punching out. One must also always respect the time of others keep in mind that a late assignment might have a ripple effect on the whole team. Take your career seriously and do what it takes to get the job done.


2. COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS


Communication is a key skill for Castillians and this should be on top of your list at all times from how you converse with a client to how well you get your point across in inter-office emails and also how to communicate verbally with team members. A good employee is also a good active listener and displays empathy when necessary.


3. PROBLEM-SOLVING


During your Castille journey one should always think logically and come up with ways to work around problems. Such problems can occur in finance, software engineer, and remote jobs. The more creative, the better. That kind of thinking leads to innovation and improvements within the team. Problem-solving should not only cater for short-term fixes but long-term remedies so that the problem does not reoccur.

4. TIME MANAGEMENT


Do you know how to look at everything that is on your work plate and prioritise your tasks? Time management means making the most of each day and getting the most important things done first. If you have deadlines one shouldn’t hesitate to ask for that extra help or maybe delegate assignments to others when needed.


5. TEAMWORK AND CAMARADERIE


Teamwork means you can work with others in a professional environment. Learning to trust others, work together, give and accept ideas is difficult for some, but this is an essential tool for all employees at Castille as without it one might create tension throughout the whole office.


6. LEADERSHIP


No matter what your job is, we at Castille always look for people who are capable of growing beyond that job. In fact, leadership skills can really be looked at as a combination of all the other soft skills. When you put them all together, you will be the person who can not only work well with the team, but take the reins and make the rest of the team better. Castillian leaders should empower their people to take on responsibility within reasonable boundaries in line with their professional development, even if this means failing at times and learning from their mistakes.


7. A POSITIVE ATTITUDE


A positive attitude can do wonders in turning a department or company around. Having a positive attitude can also be contagious and that it why this is an important Castillian value. It also encourages constructive outlook towards resolving organisational issues.


8. FLEXIBILITY


Changes happen frequently and in today’s competitive marketplace one should be able to remain adaptable which in turn helps us move forward and stay with the current times.

9. LIFE-LONG LEARNING & STRONG RESEARCH SKILLS


You should always invest in learning and this should be done daily. Ask, research, and gather important information for projects you’re working on so that you can do your job more efficiently. Afterward, share the knowledge with your colleagues!


10. PROFESSIONALISM


A true Castillian behaves in a mature and responsible way in every context and situation, and never loses their composure, even when faced with the most intractable client or colleague. When faced with an issue, don’t be afraid to seek help from a colleague or a superior. Apart from this, one should always be committed to our brand and all our stakeholders.


11. ATTENTION TO DETAIL


Attention to detail is a fundamental core skill at Castille. Always test and check your work before sending it out maybe even get a second opinion from a colleague.

12. DECISION-MAKING


Faced with a more or less wide range of possibilities, one might be paralysed by indecision. This is why decision-making is an important soft skill. One can evaluate the pros and cons of each alternative, predict outcomes and choose the option best suited to their objectives.


Think of your soft skills as the accessories to your training in your field. They, alone, cannot qualify you for a job, but when paired with solid credentials, they can make you a much more attractive candidate for any job.

Interested in learning more about this series?

Check out part one and part two on our blog.