When looking for a job, the first thing employers are going to look for is whether or not you have employment skills, regarding the position you are willing to take. These shouldn’t come to a surprise to many as you should already have those skills, naturally. Being a fifteen-year-old girl, I find it is time for me to start looking at my future and look for jobs or even simple volunteering. I don’t really have an exact plan on what I want to become as it tends to shift from time to time, but my main focus is doing something that I can be interactive with others and help them out and be proud when doing so. Let’s say that I volunteer at a hospital. It is what I have pictured myself doing a couple of times and fits my demands by helping multiple patients. I ask myself, do I have what it takes to volunteer? But the real question is, do I have the employability skills that are going to help me in the long run?
Some skills that I find important to what I am interested in are communication, teamwork, self-management, and being efficient and getting things done quickly. But also keep in mind that these skills will also be necessary for other jobs.
When it comes to communication, confidence plays a big role. You have to be able to be a good talker and negotiator. You also have to be able to talk with people over the phone or face to face without being shy, as it might not just reflect badly on your staff but as well as your peers. Even if you happen to be new, you would always have to ask around to get some help, especially from your staff, which requires communication. You also have to maintain a good relationship with them. It is also important because most jobs nowadays require communication with interns and/or customers and you can’t really rely on others to do so for you. You need to be able to connect with a person to understand their needs or it might end badly, which again requires communication to do so. So if you are looking for a job that gets you benefitting/helping others, make sure you have the confidence in communication. Which gets me starting on my next point.
Let’s say you do have communication skills. But are those skills useful when it gets down to teamwork? Teamwork is being able to work with a group of people, whether it is your choice of preference or not. You need to be able to work with people of all ages, as you tend to learn more things and reflect on the experiences of others. However, teamwork can lead to some consequences which I mention in my next point.
Self-Management and Efficiency:
Relying on others isn’t really an option for some employment. In fact, it shouldn’t be at all. Being able to get things done your own is very important as people aren’t always going to be there for you. Employers need to be able to rely on you getting your work done when it needs to be. You need to make sure that you are prioritizing your work and stick to your deadlines or else you may get fired. Having self-management and being efficient is gives you an opportunity to upgrade to well-paid jobs. It will show your employer that you are responsible enough to take on bigger challenges and receive promotions.
It may seem easy to some but it isn’t. Every workplace differs from the other so you will have to use every one of those skills to the best of your ability. Always remember that having these skills are for your own benefit and help you excel in the future
Thanks for reading!