In this world where careers are specialized, there are still some universal skills that would come in handy, whatever career track you’ll find yourself pursuing. We have identified 4 skills, both technical and interpersonal, to give you an idea of what to arm yourself with, as you slog through the corporate jungle.
What a shocking soft skill to list, and foremost at that. However, let’s face the fact that one of the biggest pains in the office is a pompous, overbearing, egotistical boss. How about we admit that, for most of us, we’d really love and admire a boss who cares? A man or woman who is humble enough to admit their mistakes, apologize to workers they’ve wronged or offended, and be willing to backtrack on major plans, once they recognize they were going the wrong way? Steve Jobs may have been an unbearable boss, as hearsay and anecdotes attest, but most of us would rather have a Michael Scott from The Office, than Dr. Bob Kelso from Scrubs. Worse, nobody wants Dilbert’s boss. So if you head a team, or if you’re a CEO of a company, think about adding “Humility” to your soft skills. Your people will love you for it.
Capacity to Communicate Clearly
Add this to humility, and you’ll be loved as a boss for years to come. Most misunderstandings between human beings come from not being able to clearly communicate things, especially instructions, and more so, opinions and responses to workplace crises. Once you have the capacity to communicate clearly down pat, your people won’t need to second-guess what you’re trying to say, and none of the work needs to get lost in translation. If you need to take classes to enhance this, or if you need to see a therapist to get at the roots of your communication style, go ahead and do so. It may help your career in unexpected ways.
This is definitely a level-up to the “capacity to communicate clearly.” While a lot of people can handle daily speech and written communications such as email really well, writing is a skill that a lot of people struggle with. However, when one has mastered the art of busting out an essay, it’ll be easier to handle those moments when the copywriter is down with the flu, or if the department doesn’t have the budget to hire a PR agency. These days, it’s even more crucial, as most companies now need to maintain a company blog. With writing skills on hand, you could expand your contributions to the company, making you a more valuable asset.
The Ability to Understand Code
You may not be able to code an app or a website from the ground up, but it’ll help if you understand the syntax of HTML, CSS, and even PHP code. If your company is looking to expand online, or if you’re part of a process that entails maintaining a website or an app, it would help for you to know the basics of how code works. It’s a very helpful skill to have. It may come in handy, if, say, you’re outsourcing the creation and launch of a website, and you’re one of the people trusted to check if the site is good to go. If you understand a bit of code, you’ll be able to spot if your company is getting your money’s worth or not.
All of these skills are essential to surviving the modern workplace, even navigating it with flying colors. The last two skills are highly crucial in this changing world that is now relying heavily on technology. The latter two are also going to be useful if you want to earn more, and you want to moonlight, even as you work the 9 to 5. Most of the jobs available online are centered on three things: Graphic Design, Programming/Coding, and Writing. So have these 4 skills under your belt, and you’ll be enjoying your career immensely.