We all know that selecting a career in electronics means accepting a requirement to continuously upgrade skills and capabilities. This requirement is also imposed on anyone that commits to learning electronics as a hobby. Electronics is ever evolving with developments occurring on multiple fronts - Internet of Things is one contemporary example. To stay relevant in this field means learning new skills.
Over the 36 years of my career in electronics I have been involved in hiring many technologists, instructors, engineers, interns, and research staff. I've also been involved in a few firings. I have developed a sense of what I think are the most important skills to stay relevant, and remain employed, in electronics R&D positions. These skills fall into two broad categories: soft skills and hard skills. I've listed a few of each below. You may see one that you have been thinking about working on, or you may have others that should be added to the list.
Some of the choices are fairly broad, so please feel welcome to specify a particular skill via a comment.
Please select the skill you are most interested in improving, or add a missing skill via a comment.