Some skills are highly specialised. They may take you years to learn and will only be really useful in one particularly field. On the other hand, there are certain skills that will help you to be more successful in almost every career. And they can also help you to navigate the challenges of everyday life.
So, if you want to boost your professional and personal life, you should consider developing these super-important skills!
Language and writing
Having a good grasp of language and writing comes with a vast number of benefits. Writing error-free English will, for example, assist you greatly when you’re looking for a job, as it allows you to compile an effective and professional CV. And, when you go for a job interview, a good grasp of language will benefit you in face-to-face communication. Writing properly is also invaluable for composing good emails, and this is essential for both work-related and personal tasks.
Need to sharpen your English? Check out the Oxbridge Academy Short Course: Essential English Skills.
As you probably know, computers are an integral part of every workplace, in every sector. Today, the vast majority of employees need to have at least a basic grasp of how to use a computer. This includes being able to use programmes such as Microsoft Word or Excel, being able to save files and images, and knowing how to browse the internet. Emails have also become a vital channel for communication, along with instant messaging applications such as Skype. Learning how to use a computer properly is absolutely one of the best ways to empower yourself. And once you’ve learnt the ropes, you can explore the vast number of other opportunities that this technology provides.
Learn more about how to use a computer with the Oxbridge Academy Skills Certificate: Computer Studies
Let’s face it, you can’t survive without any money! And managing your money properly is crucially important, especially in tough economic times. In your career, it’s extremely useful to have a good understanding of your salary and your tax obligations. On a personal level, you should be able to compile a budget for your finances, and understand your income versus your expenses. There are many other areas where financial knowledge is important. Such as opening a bank account, taking out a loan, entering into a monthly contract for a cellphone, and paying your rent. It makes sense then, that you should look to improve your financial understanding as much as possible.
Learn more about financial management with our bookkeeping and accounting courses.
And don’t forget soft skills!
The skills we’ve listed above can also be referred to as ‘hard skills’. In other words, they can be learnt through structured methods such as skills courses. Soft skills, on the other hand, are personal character traits. They allow you to interact with other people and to get through tasks effectively. Soft skills are just important as hard skills! They are a little harder to learn, but with practice, you can definitely develop these skills.
Here are the most important soft skills that that you should focus on developing:
- Time management
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Work ethic
Having these attributes on your CV, and providing proof that you’ve got them, will give you a great advantage in your career!
To learn more, read our 5 Reasons Why Soft Skills are More Important Than Ever.
This combination of hard and soft skills will truly help you to get ahead in life. They are useful in a wide variety of situations, and will give you some solid platforms for success in your career.