To succeed in your field or industry, you need to develop a specific set of skills, knowledge, and experiences. When you go through training and education, you learn what’s necessary to be qualified for your own field.
But despite the ever-growing presence of specialization in the workforce, there are certain universal skills that all professionals should have. Some skills are vital for every field, position, and career. Typically, these kinds of universal skills aren’t covered in your specialized education and training. You are usually expected to develop these skills and learn to apply them to your field on your own.
Here are five skills that all professionals should have in every career and field. When you learn how to apply these skills to your job, you’ll find yourself growing in your career.
Every professional will work on a team at one time on another. Some will work on more teams than others, but everyone will need teamwork and leadership skills. They are essential to working in a professional organization. With teamwork skills, you will have better interpersonal skills, stronger connections, and more experiences.
To better build your teamwork skills, work on your ability to communicate clearly and effectively with your colleagues. This includes listening carefully to your teammates and their ideas. Being part of a team means putting the team above your own ideas and benefit. Additionally, work on building strong relationships with the people around you. If you are on a team, suggest an outing with everyone involved-- get dinner, go to a show, or get together over a commonality between everyone.
Creating a work-life balance is important for all professions. In any professional field, it can be easy to focus on your work and professional development and neglect your personal life. You may neglect relationships, sleep, and outside activities to focus on your career. But it’s important that you keep a healthy amount of time for yourself and your life.
Working on time management skills can help you achieve the golden work-life balance, whatever that is for you. Use a planner to schedule time for work, time for your friends and family, and even time for yourself. Make to-do lists and stay organized so that you can stay on top of things.
If you want to make new connections, you need to know how to network. This is true for all fields and all careers. In order to get to your dream job, you’ll need to find and talk with the right people. But how do you get to those people? You network, of course!
In order to improve your networking ability, it’s a good idea to attend networking events, start conversations with people, and build strong relationships. Make professional business cards with contact information so the other people can easily contact you. Just make sure to stay in touch with your connections and help them out with their own network, as well.
Chances are that you aren’t going to work in the same place for the rest of your life. You will likely switch positions or companies, which means that you are likely not done interviewing for positions quite yet. No matter what field you work in, you will need to be able to get hired in the first place, and that goes beyond basic qualifications. You’ll need to impress people in the hiring positions with your interview skills.
The best way to develop interview skills is to practice. Sit down with a trusted friend or colleague and have them ask you interview questions. Go through a mock interview to practice what you would say and know how to answer the tough questions. Get feedback to improve on your performance.
To succeed at what you do, you should be a lifelong learner. But in order to learn new things, even outside of school and training, you’ll need to know how to ask the right kinds of questions. When you know how to ask question and you know which questions you should ask, you’re on your way to knowing what you need to succeed in no time.
These five skills are fundamental for your success in any and every field, career, and position. You can use these to help build yourself and the specialized skills and qualifications you need for your own job.