Top 5 Learning Skills to adapt.
By Abdul Rahman Mohammed
You’re known at your workplace for being the best at your job; you probably have scored the highest marks in your college but it means so little if you don’t have the skills that you need. Here are the Top 5 Learning Skills to adapt.
Some of the most important professional skills can’t really be taught in the classroom, and these skills are called soft skills and they’re more crucial to get you recruited than you think.
what are soft skills? Well unlike hard skills, these skills cannot be measured, but they can be proved. Some examples of soft skills include, “verbal and written communication”, “teamwork” and “leadership”. one reason that soft skills are so important is that they are the key to building relationships, gaining reputation and creating more opportunities for you to develop your relationships.
In these Top 5 Learning Skills to adapt. The first crucial skill to take your career to the next level is communication. It is very important to have both written and verbal communication skills. It is very important in the workplace because,
(a) they help you create a positive image,
(b) they improve your chances of building relationships with your co-workers.
(c) communication skills boost your performance, whether it’s at your workplace or in your college or in your department, you are going to boost your performance if your communication is strong.
Why this is the most important skill.
why employers look for this skill? It’s obvious that workers are more productive when they know how to communicate with each other. It’s very simple if you can clearly express the “who, what, when, why, where and how” of a project you’ll be a hot ticket, which means you’ll be much in demand. You must develop your verbal and written communication but you must be thinking what are the ways to do that?
some tips to gain this crucial skill, the first thing that you can do is you can probably join a public speaking workshop where you get an opportunity to speak publicly and gain your confidence.
You could also do this by watching some videos about public speaking and try to imitate those and apply them when you’re speaking in public.
The second thing that you could do is, apart from speaking you also need to be an active listener. Active listening is when you wait until the other person has finished speaking and really listen to what they are saying before you jump in. This is a very important and often overlooked skill of communication.
The third is learn to monitor your body language, which means to develop your ability to communicate non-verbally. This mean maintaining good eye contact while talking, nodding while you’re listening and a firm handshake when you’re leaving.
Now the other crucial skill to take your career to the next level is, “teamwork”. why do you need teamwork? Well, you need it because no one person doing everything by himself or herself, can make a project successful. Success is obviously the result of many people working together to achieve
a common goal. Therefore, when employers want to hire employees, they really look for the skill of teamwork. The reason for this is because good teamwork spirit improves the culture of the office and it improves the office environment, due to which many people stay in the organization and top talent comes to them. now we know that teamwork is a very important skill to take your career to the next level.
what are the ways to gain the skill? the first thing that you could do is, lend a hand, which means to help someone when you see a friend or classmate or a co-worker in need. You could offer help by saying, “hey, I know you have a ton on your plate, how can I help?” this small gesture can help you a lot to develop your team spirit skills.
Going the extra mile.
Another way to build the skill is by offering a cover for a colleague which means that if someone’s on a vacation and you need to cover for them, before they ask you it’s better that you walk to them and say, “hey, it looks like you’re going on an annual leave, well have fun, but do you need help with your cover?” great, this way you can display your spirit of teamwork.
The third way of being a team player is to take responsibility for your actions. That means whenever you’ve made a mistake, rather than putting the blame on someone else you should accept it and say that “yes, I did it”, and this is a very good point to be a good team worker.
The next crucial skill to escalate your career is, “adaptability”. adaptability means the ability to adapt, which I think simply means to be flexible. now the question is, why do you need to be flexible? it’s because things don’t always go as planned, isn’t it? When you plan something, it doesn’t always work. The better thing is instead of grumbling and complaining about how things are not turning up as you
wanted, the best thing is to find alternate solutions and this is what good leaders do, they find solutions to problems and not increase the problem.
why do employers look for this skill? it’s because the speed of change in any organization is so fast that employees need to adapt to the changes in the organization. The way to gain this skill is to push yourself, that’s how you can be flexible and you can adapt to the changes.
To be an early adapter of change, for example adapting to technology without moaning is crucial, people can see you as someone who’s capable of meeting new challenges or if you’re in your college another way would be to attend training sessions to learn new things about your area of study so you can display that you are quick to learn and you love to be flexible and adapt new changes.
Another critical skill for your career is, “problem-solving”. The reason you need this skill is because
when something goes wrong, you can either complain about it or take action and of course it’s taking action that will get you noticed.
Knowing how to think on your feet, which means, to think of quick solutions or to make decisions very quickly. This is a very important skill when it comes to being an important part of an organization.
why do employers look for it? Companies face many problems every day and they need solvers and these solvers a-k-a that top performers, their performance help them to sail through unexpected challenges.
The best way to gain this skill is to always approach your boss with a solution, not a problem. when an issue arises, sit down and think through how you’re going to solve it before bringing it to your boss’s attention and he will definitely appreciate your effort to solve the problem even before bringing it.
In These Top 5 Learning Skills to adapt. Another critical skill to take your career to the next level is, “critical thinking”, so why do you need this skill? Well, critical thinking is essential to bring new ideas to the workplace.
Critical thinking means to think about the positives and the negatives of every idea and employees need to be able to think about this to be better problem solvers as we discussed in the previous step and this skill will make you successful no matter what your job is.
How to develop your critical thinking skills? Probably the only way to develop it, is by learning, so find ways to learn. you could read the news every day, you could read books, you could discuss the non-work issue with your friends and family members, the reason you could do this is to generate ideas because when you discuss problems with others, you’re able to brainstorm new ideas and this will help your critical thinking processes.
I hope these “Top 5 Learning Skills to adapt.” will help you in your career.
Keep developing your skills, because “Continuous improvement is more important than perfection.”
As said by the famous scientist “ALBERT EINSTIEN” himself and I Quote
“ONCE YOU STOP LEARNING YOU START DYING”.