At the beginning of my career I had pretty bad soft skills because I went from solo guy working alone to being a part of the team. I'm very fortunate I had very good people around me who guided me and helped me understand the importance of soft skills.
When I managed to understand the importance of sof skills and utilize them in my day-to-day work my career started rapidly changing and I never looked back.
What I wanted to say is that I realized I weren't a newbie anymore when I learned to utilise my soft skills.
I love this answer. :) Too many people dismiss "soft skills" (I wish there was a better name for them) as skills that are easy or innate. I've also had to put a lot of time and effort into building my soft skills. I wish more people understood their value, especially in the tech industry.
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