While in school it is important you get the right skills before graduating. With these skills you stand a better chance facing life after school and succeeding. Almost everyone agrees school alone is not enough to guarantee one success in life.
So what are the important skills you should get before you leave school for the work life?
1. Speaking Skills
You are going to do a lot of communicating with other people and knowing how to speak before others is essential. If you find yourself trying to pursue a career in people relating jobs like sales, business development, customer service, management, administration, law etc then you absolutely must learn to communicate effectively via speech.
This has become even more important in today’s digital world. Snail mail is almost gone and much of the written communication you will do when you get a job will be by email. You should have an active email account, learn how email works and understand important email etiquette.
3. Networking and Relationship Building
It is said that soon your network will determine your networth. For some this is already true. There are very few jobs or career paths you can choose that will not involve relating with others, creating first impressions and relying on other people to help you get ahead. Learning how to develop healthy work relationships and network is essential for building a successful career outside school.
4. Basic Computer Skills
It is still surprising that a lot of graduates leave school without basic knowledge of the computer. This will greatly hinder anyone who doesn’t acquire basic computer usage skills as more and more jobs rely on using the computer at varying degrees. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take a computer appreciation training and start learning more about how using the computer can help you advance in your field. Whether you are interested in academics, medicine, engineering, office management etc the knowledge of basic computer usage is very important.
5. Analytical/Problem solving Skills
Many graduates leave school without this important skill. Problem solving is what you will likely do in your first job when you leave school. YOu should learn to look at problems and think of solutions to the problems you are asked to solve. You should learn to analyse – understand why soemthings happen, understand processes and look for ways to improve things to yield better results.
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