Wish To Perform Better In Your Career? Build Transferable Skills
Anyone who has hoped to improve or develop, in any capacity, knows that it takes time, hard work and perseverance to build any skillset, or to open up further opportunities. For instance, in order to become a great parent we need to practice patience, care, attentiveness, and self-discipline. We also need to set boundaries and be ready for the challenges when they come. If all goes well, this results in being a more temperate parent with a child that has been taught valuable lessons growing up.
The same narrative could be applied to any other project, especially a career. Yet sometimes, perhaps due to market conditions or simply being passed up for opportunities, it can feel as though we’re struggling to perform well in our careers, or that our chance to properly prove ourselves has diminished. This is where taking a cohesive approach to your entire market value as a professional can be key, and a great place to start is making the effort to build transferable skills. With that in mind, we believe some of the following advice could help you:
Project management is a skill worth learning, because it applies to so many potential situations. No matter if you hope to lead a team, or helm a shift, or direct a small film, you need to stay organized, pay attention to the details, manage people and measure results. While this is a practical skillset you may receive from experience, care and attention, it’s also an art that can be trained through professional courses. These initiatives can help you achieve clearer decision making tendencies when faced by an unpredictable obstacle in your path, as this is where your true leadership comes in. Many employers will wish to know a time where you worked as part of a team, and this can be a great example to give ahead of time. Odds are, a process like this can help turn you on to a range of employment opportunities.
Taking The Initiative
The easiest thing in the world to do is to wait around and let someone else take charge. This is something we are all used to if we were taken care of by competent parents, as a child must be protected until they can learn. Of course, if this attitude begins to stagnate and translate to our professional career, we will always ride in the back seat without ever taking charge. This may help us coast along in a team as we play our selective role, but it’s hard for us to continue our career path or be a regular shoe-in for promotion if we struggle to sometimes take the initiative.
This may mean presenting a challenge to our boss that we are facing, showing where the problem lies, the authority we need, and most importantly, what steps we have already taken to try and assist it. It’s in offering ideas at the meeting table, or in volunteering to present an idea or conference for the rest of the company to listen to, training yourself in public speaking skills. The more you try and adopt these skills and put yourself in challenging territory, the more comfortable you will be regularly leading a potential path forward.
Technological literacy is also important. Managed IT services are often the name of the game when it comes to structuring an office’s tech environment, but even with all of this provided and streamlined, it still behooves professionals to learn about the latest software suites that require careful training and diligence to use competently. From MS Office to more niche and dedicated software packages that are used within a specific industry, if you can boast a familiarity (or better yet, fluency) with certain digital packages, you can market those skillsets more easily. This is thoroughly attractive to employers who wish to get you set up as quickly as possible.
If you think about it, this serves a dual purpose. In order to keep staff turnover cost low, employers will not only try and keep good employees around, but will try to bring employees on that need less training than other candidates, as this decreases the time between them joining the firm and said employee acting as a reliable member of the team. In today’s world, ensuring your technological literacy can be a big help.
With this advice, we hope you can perform well in your career via the fundamental building of excellent transferable skills, thus opening more opportunities in the long run.