Why Empathy is The Most Important Skill in Tech

Video Sections (total time: 6 minutes)

Why is Empathy so Important?
What is Empathy?
4 Critical Components of Empathy
1m 08s
Exercises to Develop Empathy
2m 36s

Why Empathy is The Most Important Skill in Tech

Sarah Birdsong, Therapist at Dev Bootcamp

When Dev Bootcamp was deciding what to teach future developers, they talked to a ton of hiring managers and HR reps in tech. They asked what skills were most important when thinking about hiring someone, and across the board they talked about soft skills. 

As Sarah Birdsong, a therapist at Dev Bootcamp in New York, explains in this class, they kept hearing the same thing: "We can teach the tech, but most team projects fail not because of a lack of technical skills but because of a lack of interpersonal ones.”

And as it turns out, empathy, just like coding, is something you can learn. In this class, Sarah walks through exercises anyone can do to increase their empathy.

6 min watch · Career

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Dev Bootcamp pioneered the short-term immersive "bootcamp" model, which transforms beginners into junior web developers in 19 weeks. But it's not just a great place to be a student—staff are empowered to choose what, when and how to work based on their expertise, interests and curiosity. Interested?