How Building Interpersonal Skills Will Set You Apart in Your Data Science Career - Part 5

Posted on September 06, 2019 by Colaberry, Inc. .

In this fifth installment of our blog series on interpersonal skills, you'll learn about how being able to listen effectively will propel your career and how perfecting this one skill will help you set yourself apart in your data science career!

The good news for today’s workers is that despite some of the challenges facing them, there is still time to prepare for the Future of Work including upskilling in some of the most important interpersonal skills that will help protect their careers from automation and make them better data scientists.

The automation and elimination of workers’ jobs is a popular topic in almost every industry. According to McKinsey, in the US alone, between 39 and 73 million jobs stand to be automated within the next 5 years, which is around a third of the total workforce. Most of these jobs are being automated by robots. Additionally, companies are streamlining overall business processes, which puts those who have not taken steps to prepare at an even greater risk of losing their jobs.

Colaberry offers flexible online and on-campus training courses in data analytics that focus not only on technical and human skills but also some of the most important skills of all: interpersonal skills. 

In this 7 part mini-blog series, we’re discussing 7 interpersonal skills you can develop right now that will set you apart in your data science career. If you missed some of our previous posts, you can click on the links below to read up on other valuable interpersonal skills.

7 Interpersonal Skills that Will Set You Apart in Your Data Science Career


Interpersonal skills are the skills that you, as a data scientist, will need to effectively communicate, interact, and work with other individuals on a team or in a group setting. Each of the skills below can be learned and mastered to give yourself a competitive advantage. 

  1. Being patient - read part 1 here
  2. Being dependable - read part 2 here
  3. Having a strong work ethic  - read part 3 here
  4. Responsiveness to feedback - read part 4 here
  5. Being a great listener

Being a Great Listener 

Being an active listener is really important for today’s data scientists, and this trait will really serve you well in your career and set you apart from the competition. Being able to focus, listen to others' opinions, and really digest what is being said will help you improve professionally and help you build a great reputation.

According to Forbes, “Genuine listening has become a rare gift—the gift of time. It helps build relationships, solve problems, ensure understanding, resolve conflicts, and improve accuracy. At work, effective listening means fewer errors and less wasted time.”

10 Quick Steps To Become a Great Listener

  • Step 1: Face the speaker and maintain eye contact.
  • Step 2: Be attentive but relaxed.
  • Step 3: Keep an open mind.
  • Step 4: Listen to the words and try to picture what the speaker is saying.
  • Step 5: Don't interrupt and don't impose your "solutions."
  • Step 6: Wait for the speaker to pause to ask clarifying questions.
  • Step 7: Ask questions only to ensure understanding.
  • Step 8: Try to feel what the speaker is feeling.
  • Step 9: Give the speaker regular feedback.
  • Step 10: Pay attention to what isn't being said — nonverbal cues.

Incorporating these quick tips will definitely help you become a more engaging and effective listener, and those around you will really appreciate your efforts. 

Tune into our next blog to learn about how to collaborate with your team and how this skill will help you improve your professional life and set you apart!

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