Top Ten Employability Skills

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From the Transitions to Work  program.

Published: August 6, 2021

What Are We Missing!

When we graduate from high school, college or university we think we’re pretty smart. We should do, we’ve completed a course of formal study and we are ready to go into the workplace.

In a recent poll, we found that 0% of the leaving students we spoke to had heard these skills were important and only 7% could explain what any of them were.  We will tell you what they are, in no particular order – and don’t worry, you don’t have to be good at all of them to succeed.

Complex Problem Solving being able to solve problems effectively (so they go away) because very few processes or activities are simple and confined to the purview of just one person.

Critical Thinking is the ability to analyze facts and to draw logical conclusions from them. It includes the ability to determine fact from assumption and to test various ways forward before making a choice.

Creativity because very few jobs require a person to come in and do the same routine things every day. Also, with the relentless expansion of technology and machine learning, the sky is the limit on what we can do with the knowledge we are amassing.

People Management is more important than ever as the annual review goes out the window (yay!) and daily coaching and mentoring within teams and organizations takes hold. 

Coordinating with Others as very few activities we can accomplish on our own. Coordinating is much more than planning, but includes articulating, clarifying and checking for results. 

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to perceive, handle, use, manage and handle emotions – ours and those of others. The benefit is that while acknowledging the impact of emotion, we do not make impulsive or ill-advised decisions.

Judgment & Decision Making allow us to assimilate data and facts, test them and apply them to multiple scenarios so we can make decisions that deliver the results we expect. 

Service Orientation because the complexity of work does not allow us to do everything ourselves and the speed of work does not allow us to hang around waiting on others.

Negotiation is so valuable, not just in agreeing a price or a result. Much of what we are asked to work on today involves two or more groups. To avoid continual conflict, negotiation skills really help achieve win-win scenarios. 

Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to switch between thinking about two different, or multiple concepts. It is not multi-tasking. Important as the complexity of the world creates new rules daily, and the ability to assimilate these is essential.

There is no doubt that these skills underpin a lot of formal educational methods. It appears these are rarely explained to the student explicitly. The impact of having the student study these particular skillsets would be a huge advantage. These skills can and should be developed both directly and indirectly. 

Speak to our learning coaches for an assessment, or to find out more about how to develop these skills.

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