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Critical skills that are essential for students to be successful in the workplace

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Critical skills that are essential for students to be successful in the workplace

By: Guest Author

The gap between the skills that we learn and the skills we need to succeed is becoming obvious. Traditional learning is falling short when it comes to equipping students with the knowledge they need in a working environment. In today’s digital economy students need to be able to communicate, collaborate and solve problems. These skills are often developed through social and emotional learning (SEL).

What recruiters really look for

Some days I spend hours screening CVs for different internship and employment opportunities within our company. Most cover letters have the same content and, as a recruiter, we don’t have time to read long cover letters. Are applicants writing the same thing because they think it’s what recruiters want to hear?

Since I’ve been in HR and Recruitment, I’ve learned a lot about the critical skills that recruiters look for on a CV. These skills will help students be successful in the workplace, which leads to satisfaction. By including relevant skills and scenarios that you have applied them to, you will catch the eye of recruiters and potential employees.

I was recently asked by someone to help draft their cover letter for an advertised position. I didn’t have to Google what should be included in a good cover letter, I knew. Recruiters don’t want you to list the things you are good at, rather give examples how your effective time management solved a problem.

Thinking creatively and critically mean more

We’re moving away from the traditional skills and focusing more on the critical skills that are essential for students to be successful in the workplace. These are not the skills that can be taught, rather learned through real life situations. These critical skills are often called competencies and you will be asked to list your competencies in job adverts.

Companies are looking for students and graduates who can think critically and solve problems either independently or within a team. Recruiters want to know whether you have experience and how you managed to work in a team. Creativity is another valuable skill that is often confused with a person being artistic. When a person can think creatively, they are able to find solutions to problems that their team may be stuck on. If you always work within your boundaries, you are never going to push yourself to achieve more and you will end up living a life of mediocrity.

Communication is a critical component of any workplace scenario. Communicating with your managers and colleagues will improve the relationships that are built in the office while creating a cohesive team. Collaboration ties in with communication because working as a team will lead to a higher success rate. In a company, there are certain departments that will require teamwork.

Character qualities go together with critical skills and examples of these are:

Being curious

Taking initiative

Adapting and being flexible

Social and cultural awareness

It is important for students to engage with different groups and learn from various cultural and social norms. Embrace the moments when your lecturer assigns you to groups because you are given the chance meet new people and deal with difficult situations. We all know what it’s like to work in a group where one person is less involved. Use this experience to your advantage and learn something from it. As cliché as it may sound, grabbing these situations with both hands forces you to step outside of your boundaries and grow.

Today’s job candidates must be able to collaborate, communicate and solve problems – Source: Jenny Soffel: World Economic Forum

Eventerprise offers internship and graduate opportunities that will help you develop these critical skills so that you’re ready for the working world – check them out!