5 workplace skills you need to further your future
Hi everyone – I hope you’re all well. Let me introduce myself: I’m Dayna, I’m 20 and I’m the marketing apprentice at Further my Future. I’ve got two blogs (check them out here and here) and I’m delighted to now also be guest blogging for Wired Sussex.
I’ve been thinking about what skills are important in the workplace today. What I think matters is all based on my first-hand experience in my first full-time job; coming out of school/college/uni, it can be confusing knowing what things are important and what we frankly won’t use in everyday life. So, I thought I’d help you out by telling you 5 main skills you need to further your future in pretty much every industry! Let’s get started.
#1 Communication Skills
Pretty much every job requires good communication skills; verbal or written. This may sound daunting, but it’s something you adapt to and learn very quickly. If you haven’t got the best communication skills yet, try your hand at some voluntary work or get a customer facing summer job!
Chances are that your career will include some level of teamwork – whether that’s once every few months in a meeting or every single day, it’ll most likely be there! Teamwork is all about collaborative effort; ensuring you get your say but also allowing others inputs, too.
It may sound like a slight contradiction to the point above, but you need to be able to work solo as well as in a team! There may be days when people are off sick or on holiday and you simply have to get your head down and work alone.
There are definitely different ‘levels’ of organisation required for different apprenticeship roles – whether it’s simply making sure you get out of bed on time or managing your workload throughout the day, it’ll be a prominent skill you’ll need. It doesn’t hurt to be that person who makes all the plans and has their life in check!
Staying motivated when things aren’t looking up is important – nothing is always going to be ‘perfect’ and you have to deal with what life (or your job) may throw at you by staying focused and getting things done.
What do you think about these skills that can help you further YOUR future? Do you think you’ve nailed every single one or are you now quaking in your boots? (Please, don’t.) These skills are easily adaptable and although they may sound scary, you adopt them much quicker than you’d expect when working at it every day!