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What skills both educational and career related are essential for success in any field of expertise ?


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John’s Answer

Tsion, there are plenty of skills that professionals of all types should develop as early as possible that will propel their careers forward no matter what industry they enter. Think of them as the Swiss Army Knife skills that are required to succeed in the vast majority of positions. For students and those embarking upon a new career, here are the five essential skills you’ll need to ensure a long and prosperous future in the professional world.

1.) COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS
Communication includes listening, writing and speaking. Employers want to see you can articulate your thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. Being a good listener means you strive to understand others’ emotions, build strong relationships and resolve conflict. In the rapidly globalizing world, strong communication skills have become increasingly important for staying competitive in the job market today and tomorrow. Although almost everyone can claim to have communication skills in one form or another, modern effective communication has its own rules, techniques and scientific principles which can significantly boost success in communication.

2.) ADVANCED DIGITAL SKILLS
Advanced digital skills have become increasingly important as we use and rely on our new technologies – social media, various gadgets and artificial intelligence. The recent trend has seen many of the largest and most venerated corporations and even government agencies adopting information communication technologies (ICTs) as their main mechanism. In this environment, having basic computer knowledge is not enough. Employers demand recent graduates be capable of everything from using the internet efficiently to producing virtuoso work on Microsoft Office, and from software coding to advance internet business skills.

3.) PROFESSIONAL WORK ETHIC
Employers want to see you demonstrate personal accountability for your actions and work habits. Be sure to show up on time, work productively with others and understand the impact of your non-verbal communication. Take responsibility and learn from your mistakes to show integrity and ethical behavior. Many jobs require you to work effectively and respectfully with others, whether that be your coworkers or clients. Employers desire someone who brings out the best in others. Work on completing tasks with thoroughness and accuracy. Double check your work to ensure there aren’t any errors. Employers like to see you have high standards in the quality of work you perform.

4.) TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS
One of the things that every professional will be confronted with in their career is the need to manage multiple priorities at once with limited resources. At a basic level, this requires sharp time management skills, to make the most out of the limited time available to work through a priorities list. Once again, this is a skill that will serve you just as well early in your career as it will as you advance. In your early days, it will help you to be efficient and demonstrate that you’re capable of juggling multiple tasks. Later on, it will become a vital part of your people management skills, helping you to delegate tasks to the people you manage without overwhelming them.

5.) PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS
Challenges will arise in every job you have. You’ll want to have the ability to analyze issues, make sound decisions and overcome problems. You can show initiative by proactively handling situations and finding answers to questions without direction. This shows employers that you are taking personal responsibility and developing as a leader. Use thoughtful analysis to identify problems and make informed decisions. Assess the situation, ask crucial questions, consider possible solutions and plan a course of action. Show that you can be flexible by adapting to situations when they arise. It’s important to employers that you are able to shift plans and adapt to new concepts in order to succeed.

Mastering these essential skills can lead to more job offers and, potentially, higher salaries Tsion. Many employers will even ask behavioral questions during an interview in order to gauge your ability to execute these skills.

Hope this was Helpful Tsion


Hi, John wow this is great advice! Thank you for sharing, I plan on implementing and further developing these skills within my personal life! Tsion K.

Your Welcome Tsion, It was my Pleasure. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can be achieved. John Frick

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Adrian’s Answer

Hi Tsion,
In addition to the great points raised already, I would add a few others ;
1. BE YOURSELF - I am a firm believer that people should always be themselves. Whilst there is some need to adapt and adopt into a company culture, with the emphasis firmly on diversity and inclusion now, we are looking for honesty and integrity in who someone is. Differences should be celebrated not eliminated.
2. INFLUENCING - A large part of being successful in business in to be able to influence, persuade and change people's minds. This comes up in every day to day situation, whether this is obvious or more subtle. Learning different influencing styles and skills can really make a difference in how you interact with people, get your points across, and ultimately succeed.
3. OWN MISTAKES - We are all human. We make them. Let's own them. Don't get sucked into a blame culture, don't try and deflect accountability. Its much more refreshing to see someone make a mistake, admit it, learn from it and move on. No problems with that!

Thank you for sharing Adrian, yes these are most definitely vital tips! Tsion K.

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Alexis’s Answer

One of the most important things is LEARNABILITY!

Whatever you learn in school or in early career, there will always going to be something that you have to learn as you move on in life. This applies to any industry and any position you will ever be in. When we are in school, I realized that we are really learning HOW to learn along with some technical concepts and thoughts we get exposed to. Stay curious, always be open to learning and commit to growing, and be a person yourself that you'd enjoy working with!

These three things in addition to delivering success will get you far in any role and industry you are in. Good luck :)

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Robert’s Answer

Well said @JON TETZLOFF, simple and to the point!

@Tsion K.
In the showing up and getting stuff done, the 1 thing that separates those who get ahead is to never, never, never give up.
All work will have challenges or it would be called something like fun or vacation.
In fact, anything worth doing requires sacrifice, perseverance, effort, consistency and at times being uncomfortable or in other words, work.

So remember; while you're showing up, being productive, and serving with excellence, YOU bring a unique talent no one else can accomplish like YOU can.
So go out there, find your strengths, do your work, be your best self and never, never, never give up!

Robert recommends the following next steps:

Take a strengths finder assessment (career or otherwise)
Pursue educational and career goals aligned with your unique gifting and abilities

Hi, Robert thank you for these additional tips that are especially important but often too forgotten. Tsion K.

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JON’s Answer

Hi! Suggestions for career-related skills needed for success in any field:
1. Show up.
2. Get stuff done.

Before you dismiss those as dumb, be aware that being present and being ON TIME are hugely noticed by management no matter what your job is. Getting stuff done means almost all jobs are results-oriented. You will be paid for accomplishments and contributions to the company's revenue. You will need to produce output whether that means widgets, putting out fires, or thinking up the next great research project.

Go get 'em and best of luck to you!



Well said @JON TETZLOFF, simple and to the point! Robert Rodarte

Thank you for your input, Jon! It is vital information because I've learned and I'm still continually learning that endless planning without any action often distracts or deviates from the actual completion. Tsion K.

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Sandra’s Answer

Besides all of the other great advice, I would say the key to success in one's life, whether it be personal, educational or career orientated, is to always have self confidence in everything that you do and enjoy what you do every day.
My father was an immigrant to Canada and he always taught me that success can be measured by what you put into it; hard work, perseverance and a can do attitude is a good recipe to success! Good Luck in everything you pursue :)



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Hoang’s Answer

Hello Tsion,

Great question that allows for open-ended dialogue.

I think many employers look for "transferable skills" that are often needed irrespective of one's area of expertise. Examples of transferable skills include communication skills, ability to follow direction, active listening, technological competence (familiarity with Acrobat and Microsoft Office) critical thinking skills, ability to work in office setting and operate scanners, printers,


In addition, employers also value certain moral character attributes, including strong work ethics, integrity, dependability, and receptiveness to feedback. Hope that helps!

Hoang recommends the following next steps:

Transferable Skills
Strong Communication Skills
Moral Character

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