Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capella University. The opinions and text are all mine.

We've all worked with or worked for people who only knew “the job”. I've had plenty of supervisors who I'm sure filled all the “hard” requirements when it came to getting the job done. But, that's where it ended. There was no substance. There was no creativity. At times, there was even a lack of true leadership when the ship began to sink. Sad, I know.

Back in the day, there was never a focus on the so-called “soft skills”. I can't remember ever learning how to be a good team player in college. Those were just skills you hopefully picked up along the way.

Times have changed.

Whether you're in the IT world or another field, there's been much more importance put on these so-called “soft skills”. In 2016 and beyond, those are the skills that will set you apart. We all know technology can decide to misbehave at any time. How many times has my computer just decided to reboot in the middle of an article draft? It's a writer's worst nightmare! That's when I want someone who can talk me through the problem. I want someone who will explain things in a way I can understand. There's nothing worse than not being able to understand technology talk. I want someone who has the knowledge to fix the problem but can also relate to me on a personal level. That's where Capella University comes in.

Capella University offers a variety of online programs from certificate to doctoral to help IT professionals not only stay competitive, but lead in an industry that's changing minute by minute. No one wants to be Robin in a world full of Batmans. Capella University can help you refine your IT skills while also helping you gain the “soft skills” polish that Bruce Wayne is known for.

You can see if you have these “soft skills” by taking the CEB IT Talent Assessment offered to you for free by Capella University. By answering a series of questions you'll find out quickly if you have the 12 competencies that will take you to the next level. These competencies focus on working with others, adapting to change, and balancing analysis with judgment. Can you collaborate and work in a team? How well are you able to analyze data? If you want to succeed in the IT world, you need to be able to work with others to solve problems. You also need to roll with the punches when something changes. Staying cool under pressure is a skill that is extremely valued by employers. When processing information, you need to be able to prioritize to get the job done in the most efficient way possible. By taking the free CEB IT Talent Assessment you can see if you have what it takes.

While we all may think these skills come naturally and are “easy”, in reality they don't. Capella University can get you there.

If you're wondering why you should give Capella University a shot, the answer is in the name.

C-Creativity: Capella will teach you the creative skills to stand out in a room of IT experts who want the same job you do.

A-Affordability: Capella can offer you an affordable yet high-quality education. Check out the various scholarships, grants, and discounts available.

P-Prioritize: We all know the great saying “Rome wasn't built in a day”. Neither is the process of reshaping your IT career. Capella will help you get on track and prioritize your goals.

E-Education: The programs produce results. 96% of employees say the performance of Capella graduates is exceptional.

L-Logistics: If you're an IT person, then you're a math and numbers kind of person. Logistically, Capella University is a great choice because of its flexible online programs.

L-Leverage: An IT degree from Capella will give you leverage when going for that new job. You’ll gain the hands-on skills to help set you apart from the competition.

A-Accreditation: Capella is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, the university has received recognition from several other respected institutions.

Any way you program your GPS, Capella will get you straight to the Batcave with no detours and no pit stops.

See graduation rates, median student debt and other information at http://capellaresults.org/outcomes.asp

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Capella University. The opinions and text are all mine.

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