Empathy: A Coveted Job Skill That You Already Have

One of the best networking tips we’ve encountered is to be selfless. Listen actively, immerse yourself in a stranger’s work life for the duration of the conversation and figure out what you can do for them.

 

This corporate trend has been linked to an “affective revolution” in neuroscience. As researchers observe emotions and the physiology that drives them, and some even seek the neural basis of empathy, companies look to capitalize on the empirical measurement of emotions.

Empathy is not just an ingredient for altruism anymore — it’s a commodified skill. ‘Tis the season for the student job hunt, so some of you are probably wondering, “how can empathy make me gainfully employed?”… An empathetic employee can actually bring in more money.

 

Craig and Marc Kielburger

Co-Founders, Free The Children