2. Skills discovery

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There’s no doubt that having solid technical knowledge, for example of environmental science and data comprehension, is crucial to this role, but soft skills like communication, project management, and problem solving are just as important. In a professional landscape that is constantly changing, soft skills are the secret superpowers that will help you adapt to whatever lies on the horizon and set you apart from other job applicants.

Just as the diagram below shows, you need both technical and soft skills to thrive as an Environmental Planner. 

Let's learn more about the skills required in Environmental Planning from your mentor, Dave:

Ok, so now you can name some of the skills you'll need, let's consider them in more depth and break down what exactly each of them mean.

An overview of the technical skills

  • Data and statistical analysis
  • Awareness of environmental and biodiversity legislation
  • Report writing skills
  • Knowledge in ecology and environmental science, as well as an understanding of building processes.

An overview of the soft skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication: visual, verbal, and written communication. You need to be able to speak and write clearly, concisely, and compellingly, and explain complex information to people outside your field.
  • Project management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Activity ⭐️

Jump into the soft skills assessment below to give you an idea of where you sit with your soft skills.

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