As the business world keeps evolving, so do the requisites that organisations look for in their employees. The skills and attributes that once took you from employee to manager are likely to be different from those you need currently in order to advance to the next stage in your career.
In today’s business world there is an emphasis on so-called ‘soft skills’. According to Forbes Magazine in the article The 10 Skills Employers Most Want in 2015 Graduates the 5 most valued skills by employers nowadays are:
- Ability to work in a team structure
- Ability to make decisions and solve problems
- Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organisation
- Ability to plan, organise and prioritise work
- Ability to obtain and process information
In this article the author, Susan Adams, explains how the researchers arrived at this conclusion.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) a Bethlehem, PA non-profit group that links college career placement offices with employers, ran a survey from mid-August through early October where it asked hiring managers what skills they plan to prioritize when they recruit from the class of 2015 at colleges and graduate schools. Though the survey sample is small NACE collected responses from just 260 employers the wisdom is sound. New and recent grads should pay attention. (Most of the respondents were large companies like Chevron, IBM and Seagate Technology.)
That being said, a question is likely to arise: where do you learn these skills?
This is the first of a series of articles in which we will be discussing ways in which you can learn how to use these skills as well as giving you some practical tips on how to apply these principles.
In her article, Adams summarise the skills listed above – Cutting across all majors and degrees, employers want new hires who can work well on teams, and who are decisive problem-solvers.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this series and make the most of the information we will share with you.
As we like to say, we want people to be able to think, do and apply NLP, not just talk about it. So please go ahead and practice as much as you choose the principles we will be learning in the coming posts.
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Edited by Jules Collingwood, NLP Trainer at INSPIRITIVE
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