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3 Career Skills That Are Always Worth Improving

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When it comes to career skills, the majority of the discussion focuses on skills that apply to specific careers. While this niche focus does indeed make sense, it can be somewhat limiting – for example, if you wish to change careers in future, then there is always the chance that your existing skills will not translate well to your new industry.

It is therefore worth rounding out your skill set; focusing on niche categories relevant to your existing industry, but also seeking to branch out into avenues that will always – whatever niche you are working in – be highly beneficial. Below, we have detailed three skills in particular that it is always worth developing in order to ensure your future career path is as open as possible.

#1 – Leadership

Leadership is an eternally useful skill, and one that recruiters and managers look out for across all industries.

Unfortunately, leadership is also challenging, especially if you are shy or introverted. However, it is important to remember that leadership is not necessarily innate; it can be developed and nurtured, so it’s well worth investing in courses such as a leadership graduate program if you feel you could benefit from extra assistance in this area. By enhancing your leadership skills, and building your self-confidence in the workplace, your future career is all the more likely to blossom.

#2 – Communication

Communication has always been crucial in business, but all the more so in the internet age, with more and more people choosing to work remotely – and thus needing to communicate effectively over a range of different channels.

In seeking to build your communication skills, there are two areas to focus on: writing and listening. When attempting to improve your writing skills, focus on conciseness; learning to drive to the point of what you are trying to say and eliminating unnecessary ‘word clutter’. In terms of listening, it’s worth learning more about active listening – you can try the technique out on friends and family in order to hone your skills in this regard.

#3 – Time management

The ability to manage your time effectively during the working day is vital, directly impacting your productivity levels and thus your ability to impress your boss – whatever industry you work in.

Unfortunately, time management is also extremely challenging; we get distracted by colleagues, are delayed by electronic devices malfunctioning, or have to wait on others to finish tasks in order for us to proceed – and these elements are largely outside of our control. However, there is one aspect of time management that can be controlled: procrastination. By learning to avoid procrastination, your ability to manage the time you spend on the job should be hugely improved, and your present and future employers are sure to be impressed as a result.

In conclusion

Focusing on building skills relevant to the industry you currently work in is, of course, hugely beneficial. However, by expanding further, and deepening your focus on universal skills, you are essentially able to keep more options open – and if you want to explore different jobs and industries in the future, you will be well-equipped to do so.

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