You’ve got the qualifications and technical skills required for the job of your dreams but is that all you need to succeed in your career? The world of work is highly competitive and rapidly changing, and you have to compete against many other highly skilled and qualified people. So how do you stand out from the crowd? By developing your employability skills.
But what are employability skills and how can you develop them?
Employability skills are soft skills
These are things like communication, emotional intelligence, creativity, critical thinking and work ethic. Employers highly value these kinds of personal attributes, because they often determine how well you perform in a job over and above your technical capability.
The important thing about soft skills is that they are transferable, so you can apply them to any career to boost your chances of success.
You develop employability skills by being self-aware and willing to learn
Not all employability skills will come naturally to you. Perhaps you struggle with public speaking, or you tend to be a bit disorganised. That’s ok, as long as you have the self-awareness to realise this and the willingness to work on developing these skills. Employers value people who are willing to learn, develop and seek feedback.
You make a commitment to keep on learning
Employability applies to everyone, not just students and recent graduates. No matter how senior or experienced you may be, you can benefit from continually working on and developing your employability skills. If you have the mindset that you are willing to continue your learning in a work environment, you will stand out in the recruitment process as being ready to take the next step in your career.
You take ownership
To be employable means you are committed to taking ownership of your development and actively seek opportunities to develop the skills you need to succeed. There are lots of resources available and people who will be willing to help you. Ultimately though, it’s your responsibility to equip yourself with the skills you need to achieve your career goals.
By understanding the importance of developing your employability skills, you’ll create the career you want – now and in the future.
It’s Your Life. It’s Your Career. You Own It.
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