HR professionals and industry experts talk soft and hard skills. But the terms “soft” and “hard” are very misleading. There is nothing “soft” or easy about critical thinking, leadership, time management, or even communication.
Experts are now talking about skills in light of their relevance and life cycle - a skill learned 10 years ago is now obsolete, and half of what you learned 5 years ago is also irrelevant. This has led to the use of the new, more relevant terms of durable, and perishable skills.
Durable skills are tangible, teachable skills that have a longer shelf-life, and enable you to acquire the more perishable, or technical skills.