When we hear the word standardization, we immediately think about engineering, mathematics, and other science-based disciplines. But I truly believe that the social sciences are an important part of standardization as well.

The social sciences have been invaluable in helping me navigate and succeed in this complex world. To achieve success in standardization, certain skills must be developed—and the social sciences can assist in that process.

For instance, in standards development working groups, the people who can most accurately and compellingly advocate for their own interests are those who have the power to persuade, which is an important skill in negotiating and building consensus. In the same way, those who network well and understand the environment find it easier to establish relationships and meet their work objectives.

Of course, technical knowledge is important, but if people cannot share technical information effectively, their knowledge will have no impact. Poor communication skills can frustrate people with expert knowledge of certain products or processes but who cannot build or find consensus with colleagues.

Consensus is the main point of standardization. This is not an individual activity; standardization is a mix of ideas, points of view, and realities. Accomplishing consensus can necessitate long discussions and the exchange of ideas and experiences.

Soft skills thus are critical to facilitating work in this field, yet these skills are often disregarded. Those pursuing engineering-related careers in standardization often learn that the social sciences have a place in this field as well.

Every human being has special and unique proficiencies. The wonder of this subject is cultural and academic diversity applied to technical and human approaches.

Standardization is a way of life; it is a form of continuous improvement for all the processes that have to do with our day-to-day lives.

Elisa Celada Mexican IEC YP 2021 Regulatory Engineer at Regal Rexnord Corporation [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisa-alejandra-celada-tagle-281a29134

Elisa Celada Mexican IEC YP 2021 Regulatory Engineer at Regal Rexnord Corporation [email protected] https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisa-alejandra-celada-tagle-281a29134

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