What are skills that are necessary but often neglected?
I'm a high school student going into college. I've heard that a lot of important skills are neglected to be taught to be taught in school that are invaluable in any job, like presentation skills. student personal-development skills
1) Flexibility: In todays age any job you take it has high demand for employees who are flexible as per job situations.
2) Problem Solving Skills
4) Interpersonal Skills
5) Following work ethics
That is a great question! I completely agree with many of the folks above. If it had to be narrowed down to one thing, I would say it all boils down to soft skills. Soft skills are the interpersonal skills that are not traditionally taught, while hard skills are your technical ability to do something. A college degree is a measure of your hard skills; it says you have passed all of the necessary courses in order for you to be an expert in your field of study. Your hard skills (college degree, resume, experience, etc.) will get you opportunities, but your soft skills (communication, work ethic, problem solving, etc.) will get you a lifelong career.
We live in a time where many people have access to learn a technical skill, whether that be in school or from a YouTube video. However, not everyone has the emotional/interpersonal skills to carry them through. An example of this may be an entrepreneur who wants to sell a product. They have the means and ability to make the product, but if they don't have the ability to lead a team, verbal and non-verbal communication skills to talk to clients and investors, or work ethic to see it through, they will not succeed. Studies have shown 75%-80% of long term job success resulted from soft skills and only 20%-25% from hard skills.
I would highly recommend spending some time working on fine tuning your soft skills to secure a solid job.
- Communication: writing, active listening, understanding, advocating, presenting, posture, eye contact
- Problem Solving: identifying, researching, analyzing, decision making, logic
- Leadership: decisiveness, persuasion, relationship building, innovation, dependability, mentoring
- Teamwork: collaboration, partnership, constructive feedback, accept criticism
- Emotional Intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, social awareness
- Adaptability: willingness, flexibility, curiosity, optimistic, foreshadow needs
- Work Ethic: dedication, accountability, productivity, efficiency, punctuality, enthusiastic
- Professionalism: courteous, respectful, well dressed, poised, level headed
- Responsibility: accountable, reliable, resourceful, disciplined, conscientious
- Integrity: honesty, ethical, moral, gracious, helpful, patient
I also believe a highly organized individual is a very good quality.
Being able to communicate well with others is also a valuable skill to have.
I think that one of the most important skills to learn that are neglected in schools is communication. Specifically, writing an email. I know that it may sound insignificant but in the professional world, a well-written email means everything. Email is one of the most utilized ways of communicating in the professional world so it is important to have good email etiquette. This is important because your email might be the first impression of you to someone else and if you are not presenting yourself well in an email, the other person might pass a quick judgment on you and either not respond, or think negatively of you. So just make sure you know how to write a professional email because I think that is one of the most important things to know.
Building alignment - Few things at work get done without a team behind it. You need to be able to build alignment around your ideas and how you're going to approach tackling your goals with a big team.
Advocating for a cause - You'll find yourself in many situations where you need to advocate for your point of view (maybe it differs from your what your boss thinks), for your work (how do you make sure that everyone knows what you're working on and its value?), and for your customers (how can you make sure they are getting the best service?).
Taking accountability - The best leaders take accountability when things don't go as expected. In business, this could mean missing a goal or a deadline, shipping a product with a flaw or bug, or mishandling a customer situation. These things are totally normal and happen frequently. The best professionals and leaders take responsibility for issues, explain what they've learned, and discuss their next steps to make progress.