Do You Have the Essential Skills for Your Career?

In today’s workplace the pace of change is so fast, you might feel it’s impossible to keep up with the requirements of potential employers as you browse through their job adverts. In reality, some of the skills and characteristics they look for have changed very little over time, however if you want to remain competitive in the selection marketplace, it’s essential you are aware of the lesser-known attributes that managers and recruiters will be looking out for.

Skills you’d expect to be asked about

Aside from having to ask you legally for your English and Maths scores from school, your potential future boss is going to be asking him/herself: ‘Do you have the essential skills for your career?’ These are likely to include both written and verbal communication as well as evidence that you can prioritise your work, organise yourself and manage your time effectively, to name but a few.

What about the more obscure skills?

There may well be other skills you’ll be expected to bring with you or acquire early on in your career, depending on the organisation, the sector and the culture, for example:

  • Team membership – leadership and followership

  • Working collaboratively

  • Holding courageous conversations

  • Giving and receiving feedback

  • Resilience

  • Managing projects

  • Creative problem solving

  • Ability to learn and assimilate knowledge quickly

  • Self-motivation

  • Ability to follow instructions accurately

  • Administrative skills

  • Analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Emotional Intelligence

About Management Learning & Culture (ML&C) Ltd

No-one should leave a good organisation because of a poor manager!

Here at ML&C we have a proven track record of working with organisations to transform individual and business performance; we’ve been doing it for almost 20 years. We’re on a mission to ensure that no-one leaves a good organisation because of a poor manager. To this end we’ve set ourselves an intention: to work with 100,000 managers to improve their management capability, which in turn will affect several hundreds of thousands of their colleagues and stakeholders.

Learning with ML&C is a process, not a one-stop shop. The process for the learner is based on Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Learning Evaluation: Engagement, Learning, Behaviour change, Business results. Through our structured Discovery Process, we work with key stakeholders within the business to ensure that what is designed and delivered is fit for purpose and will be supported and reinforced internally.