When school students decide to continue their education at college or university it’s probably not because they miss homework, but for the sake of gaining the needed professional skills that will help in developing their future career.
They only need to sharpen their skills in order to be more attractive to employers. Modern employers on the other side are looking for not only high academic grades but also life skills that an employee can possess. These skills make an employee flexible for any jobs in different sectors.
Surely, they have other reasons for entering university – it’s a great excuse if you don’t know what to with your life in the nearest four years, don’t want to work yet or have a strong desire to take the final, glorious step into adulthood and try all its charms 🙂
Don’t think we are cruel or anything like that, we just exaggerated it to have some fun (but every joke has a bit of truth, doesn’t it?). Students, those young people who want to experience the bright and entertaining side of college life, want to try all at once.
That’s why sometimes they may get in ridiculous troubles. But still, let’s go back to the serious side and those who try to look into the future and take action today.
Luckily, many educational institutions provide such opportunities in the form of practical seminars, pieces of training, different internships. No wonder lots of students will eagerly prefer buying a research paper in favor of having more time for professional improvement to spending days and nights writing chapters of research on the topic they may not even like or be interested in.
That’s because writing has its benefits, but it’s definitely not something that will play a major role when you will be looking for your first job. Let’s take a closer look at the real skills everyone needs for a successful career or personal business.
What are the automotive skills, and why do you need them?
1. Communication skillsCommunication skills are the first aspects that all employer looks in any prospective employee. It entails both verbal and writing skills which include maintaining eye contact when speaking with someone, demonstrate a wide range of vocabulary prowess and impeccable writing. On the other hand, communication skills entail active and ardent listening skills. Employers need people who are good at listening which mean they can follow instructions to the latter.
2. Critical thinking skillsThis skill involves the ability to resolve problems and make an informed decision. This is one of the greatest assets that any employee should have. It involves gathering information from numerous reliable sources and be able to find the most reliable solution for the problems at hand. Apart from making informed decisions, having these skills can be helpful in serving in the customer care department.
3. Leadership skillsLeadership skills can be defined as the ability to inspire people towards achieving their personal best. People with leadership skills have a strong self esteem and self confidence, thus are perceived by employers to be able to be impeccable team leaders. Such people are required in any job to make informed decisions for group members and improve employees credibility.
4. Teamwork skillsIt’s always the norm that teamwork wins. However, for any team to work out efficiently there should be an effective leader. Prospective employees with formidable teamwork skills are highly targeted by many employers. Such people with good teamwork skills are characterized by having confidence within the group by airing their views with no problem.
5. IT skillsAdvancement in technology has changed the way employers recruit new employees. This is the reason why most colleges and Universities include IT as part of their curriculum. Having IT skills involves being able to manipulate computer operations using available operations. Furthermore, an employee should be conversant with simple tasks like opening an email and responding to it. Other software includes PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Microsoft spreadsheets.
6. Interpersonal skillsInterpersonal; skills are basic skills that one uses to interact with other people. An office setting, for example, consists of an array of people from different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds. Therefore, this means that how one interacts with one individual is totally different from the other. Interpersonal skills are important in that an employer will be in good terms with everyone, thus minimizing any chances of conflicts in the workplace.
7. Innovation and creativity skillsIts less known by many but research shows that people with innovation and creativity skills are most likely to be hired by many employers. There is absolutely no employer who will turn his back for any person with the ability to find creative solutions to a problem. It doesn’t require a new revolutionary innovation to possess such skills. Actually, it only requires people with sharp brains to think faster and find solutions to problems.
8. Management skillsIt’s always perceived that management skills are always gained through classroom learning. What most people don’t understand is that just like other job skills, management skills can be gained from developing discipline principles. This is exactly what most employees are looking for. Management skills entail the ability to adequately manage recourses; no matter how little they are, at your disposal.
9. Resilience skillsResilience can be defined as standing firm with one’s principles. Resilience skills, therefore, means being able to stick to the norms no matter the pressure anyone is being subjected to. This includes the ability to work under little supervision while at the same time following the set rules and regulations of employment. People with such abilities vividly understand work ethics and follow them to the letter.
10. Presentation skillsWhether you are a line manager or a new recruit in an organization or any other job, you will have to effectively present information at numerous instances. This, therefore, will require you to have knowledge of presentation skills. Furthermore, these skills come in handy during formal presentations where you will have to adequately present information in front of your colleagues or even the board. This, therefore, means that one should be confident and be able to articulate his/her concerns clearly. Additionally, it is worth noting that most interviews involve a presentation, therefore you must possess these skills in order to secure employment. These are the things you will need and may use not only in technical industries but also on a daily working basis or for managing your own business, for instance. They include:
11. Workplace managementA broad thing that includes time management work with customers and employees, etc. Typically, an average person is good only at time management (or is a master of procrastination pretending to be a time-management guru) or has strong communication skills (and can persuade a person to buy a new floral skirt and wear it for the meeting at work even if this person is a man) but is unable to see the “broad picture” and take into account all the tiny details of the workplace and the working process. To really manage everything, you need to dig dipper and work on all the mentioned aspects. It’s a long process that may affect your self-confidence, make you want to give everything up, but in the end, it’s worth it. No pain no gain, they say, and this principle works not only for the gym.
12. Self-evaluation abilitiesSelf-evaluation abilities – every employer/partner would love to work with the person who can be objective and draw conclusions from any situations. It takes a lot of courage to admit that you may be wrong, make a mistake, or simply not know something, so the skill of being open-minded and ready to change is crucial. Humans are probably the imperfect creatures on our planet, so there’s nothing wrong if you sometimes get tired. Just say ‘yes, I blew it!’ Learn your lesson and move on – it’s going to be better next time.
13. Growth mindsetThis includes a positive attitude and flexibility in solving problems, learning new things, coming up with creative ideas, you name it. Business is full of risks and potential pitfalls, so it’s hard to overestimate the importance of staying positive and determined. If you think that your mindset is fixed (opposite to growth), don’t hurry to give up on finding a good job. Actually, many corporations are now interested in creating such an environment at a workplace that their employees turn on the “growth” mode naturally and with very little effort. They try to give their workers space for creativity and create an atmosphere where even failure is accepted and treated as a chance to learn something new, gain experience, etc. Wouldn’t you like to work in such a place? Also, you can build the same conditions in your everyday life by allowing yourself to make mistakes, try out new things, and feel free in any beginnings of yours.
14. ConfidenceConfidence may sound trivial, but often you’ll have to be able to make serious and difficult decisions, set goals, and achieve them, and these things take a lot of willpower. In the times when you want to give up, only your self-belief can stop you from doing this. No one but you should be as confident as possible when it comes to running a business, because everything belongs to you – the idea, investments, sleepless nights of work, advertising, finance and more, and more. So, staying strong is just a way to be recognized and accepted in the future. Only men of grit survive through all the stages of making a career/founding a business. “But what if I am not confident at all?” Well, you are not alone at this, dear friend. As you can probably guess, we do have some tips on boosting one’s self-worth and confidence, and it’s not only “fake it till you make it.” If you ever watched any TV shows or movies with FBI agents, you definitely noticed how amazingly cool they are.
We know what lucky devils do to develop such awesomeness! There are some tips.
How to develop REAL skills
1. Keep your inner child close
No, we are not crazy. Remember how you dreamed of becoming a superhero, a firefighter, or an astronaut in childhood?
You believed you can do anything because you had no limits you have now because of different stereotypes and tags people put on each other in adulthood.
2. Trick your memory
For us, humans, it’s much easier for some reason to remember epic fails rather than examples of their own success. So, why don’t you try and keep only good memories close to heart and mind, huh?
3. Talk to yourself
not out loud – you may seem a loco (but you can if you want, of course, and it doesn’t matter what others will think). No, we are not joking or trying to make people think you are crazy. Positive self-talk can motivate, encourage, and even help overcome fears.
4. Stay curious
Curiosity killed the cat, but you are not a cat, are you? Curiosity is the foundation of life-long growth. If we remain curious, we remain teachable, and our minds and hearts grow larger every day.
5. Look your fears in the eyes
We all know it works the best, and the feeling after you managed is heavenly good, but we still prefer to stay in the comfort zone. Become an example for others and a hero for yourself – just do this 🙂
Surely, the list can be longer or sub-divided into more precise points, but even this general overview looks quite impressive. Please, don’t freak out and say it’s too difficult to do.
Be honest with yourself – if you want it, if you need it, you will do it despite all the excuses and fears you might have. Another thing is that one may doubt that it is possible to gain all these qualities while studying at university, but we can assure you it’s true.
There are numerous stories of successful businesses and careers from graduates all over the world who managed to take the best from university times and put all the knowledge into practice. We could ramble about them for hours, but it’s unnecessary. You can always google information of that kind, but what you may be interested in reading about is the process in
Example of a Simple Univeristy Business
Atwater High School has provided its students with an exceptional opportunity of running a business on campus. Being sixteen years old, you may receive a chance to learn a lot of business related responsibilities (managerial and leadership skills, for instance, and the list is definitely larger).
Starting with the tiniest nuances and finishing with the art of being a good boss – friendly but controlling – you can learn so many things here! A team of 19 students, including 5 overseeing managers, works on various tasks daily.
They create floral arrangements for various events – from weddings to funerals or office orders for weekly deliveries.
By performing all that, young employees not only learn how to run the floral business per se but also master marketing, accounting, customer service, and budgeting skills. That sounds quite impressive to us.
The goal of the program is for the students to become certified florists, having developed awesome skills and with the possibilities of further studies at the University of California campuses. Such experience is also a great resume builder that can help with looking for the first job not so stressfully.
Students themselves share
impressions and seem to be extremely satisfied with having a chance to combine
theoretical and practical knowledge. Here’s what one of the students said: ‘In the classroom, we are instructed
verbally, but the floral shop is hands-on.’
By running the shop students gain the needed
confidence and improve the automotive skills we mentioned above and even have
the strong belief the shop can be self-sustainable and will not require any
additional funding as it has now from the Atwater high Agriculture Department
It is pretty hard to imagine a
better “work-life school” than this one, isn’t it? Hopefully, we have clarified
the importance of automotive skills and their connection with your future
If you are eager to find yourself on
the list of successful entrepreneurs one day, you’d better start right now and
stay alert not to skip any chances life may offer to you. To go even further,
create those chances with your own hands. Would you dare? How can we let you go
without a couple of motivational words? Take a notepad and a pen, be nice and
take notes – you are going to like it.
Our buddy Churchill once told: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It
is the courage to continue that counts.” Chris Grosser agreed and added: “Opportunities
don’t happen. You create them.”
Don’t you agree yet? How about this: “The
ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that
Okay, Steve Jobs will persuade you for sure: “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long
We have a lot of quotes in the store, so you’d better get motivated already and start making a plan of conquering this world with the help of you. Yes, only you and nobody else. You know you can do it, so…
JUST DO IT! 🙂