College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Possession of a strong set of soft skills is essential to leading a successful career in the construction industry. Soft skills allow one to become an indispensable, well-respected, and effective member of one’s team. Should one need to facilitate processes, solve problems, positively influence others and even just complete day to day tasks, a well-versed construction industry professional can rely on soft skills to manage any situations that cross their path. This study determines the perception and value of certain soft skills of student interns along with construction industry professionals alike. Along the dimensions of the study, the soft skills of main focus include communication, problemsolving, time management, leadership, and interpersonal/ social skills. A survey was administered to Cal Poly CM students using a mixed method research approach of questions to investigate and compare soft skills that CM student interns currently possess and soft skills the industry professionals require and need to strengthen. The soft skills currently possessed, and the soft skills desired as professionals were analyzed and compared using descriptive statistics which allowed for significant findings and patterns. The study concludes that certain soft skills carry much more value and are far more desirable than others as interns and professionals in the construction industry.

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