Hack The North 2021: “What They Don’t Teach You In CS Class”

Calvin, Co-Founder, and Linda, Operations Manager at Hack The North 2014

What They Don’t Teach At School: A Primer on Interpersonal Skills

While we can all agree that school (and co-op) gives you a technical foundation, something that is often overlooked is how to develop good interpersonal skills.

  • First impressions
  • Getting a job
  • Getting a promotion
  • Resume writing
  • Marketing your product/project
  • Convincing people to work with you
  • And more!

Step 1: Understand what you want & why

Step 2: Understand others and practice empathy

Just like how you want your story to be heard, others do too. There’s a ton to learn and understand about others — and that starts by taking a genuine interest in what other people have to say.

Step 3: Create win-win scenarios

Now, you understand what you want and are starting to understand others. Given that info, you can think about how you can help each other.

Step 4: Build long-term relationships

Forming strong relationships with people takes time and effort. Propose catch-ups with important people in your life — whether they are professional or friends/family.

In Closing..

Navigating the tech world is part “tech” and part “world”. And surprise! The world, as we know it, has people in it.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Hypotenuse Labs

Hypotenuse Labs

Building incredible web, AI, and blockchain solutions since 2018.