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6 Skills You Need to Develop as You Transition into the Real World

As a new graduate, it’s difficult to figure out which skills to utilize to get ahead in the real world. 

While it’s important to develop industry-specific hard skills, soft skills are as critical to your success, too. These are interpersonal skills —  how you interact with others and conduct yourself in the workplace. 

In this article, we give you 6 essential skills you need to develop, as you transition into entering the workforce as a first-time employee.

1. Communication

They say communication is at the heart of every organization. Everything about the workplace results from either good or bad communication. 

This is why it’s important to communicate effectively. Developing your communication skills will allow you to articulate your thoughts clearly and intentionally. 

This will also help you manage interactions within your organization. Depending on the type of job you end up with, you will be interacting with a wide range of people. Good communication skills enable you to tailor your language to your audience. 

Develop it: Practice active listening. Ask for feedback. Practice public speaking. Widen your vocabulary range. Write clearly.

2. Teamwork 

Teamwork is integral to business success because working well with others allows businesses to thrive. When a team works well together, they succeed and produce results.

Proper teamwork improves productivity as well because confidence and trust are built inside the team. Through working well together, team members motivate each other, and problems are solved faster and more efficiently as a group. 

Develop it: Get to know your team members. Learn their strengths, and utilize them accordingly. Share enthusiasm. Have a positive mindset. Communicate and do it well.

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3. Planning and Organization

The saying goes, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” When you’re properly organized, you get tasks done easily. 

When you have systems in place, you can plan well and manage the projects that are put on your plate.

Having skills in this department will help you allocate your time, effort, and resources well.

Develop it: Use time blocks and plan your time. Make a to-do list. Establish priorities and differentiate between the urgent, important, and unimportant tasks. Delegate. 

4. Problem-Solving

To be a good problem-solver is to work through challenges effectively. 

The key is to be able to analyze the problem and identify possible solutions to rectify the situation. 

In the workplace, problems occur by the minute, and usually have to be dealt with quickly. When resources are at stake, it’s important to know how to understand the bigger picture and act practically. 

Develop it: Work on logic puzzles and games. Try brain-boosting games and apps. Keep an idea journal. Visualize through mind maps. 

5. Multi-Tasking

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Multitasking is a key skill to develop to enable productivity. 

Multitasking involves switching back and forth between tasks. It’s important because it helps you save time, resources, helps increase your productivity, and increases your motivation to accomplish more.

When you’re able to balance multiple tasks and manage your time, you remain focused and reach your goals more effectively.

Develop it: Plan your time. Work backward. Ask yourself, “What do you need to accomplish and how can you get there?” Use a tool that works for you. Manage your distractions. Enjoy what you’re doing.

6. Leadership

Having the skill to empower others is important. Good companies put importance on culture and having an employee who can motivate people around them and properly identify processes that improve productivity is vital for company growth.

An effective leader will be able to work towards the strength of their members, instill confidence, resolve issues before they become problems, and manage the team well.

Develop it: Examine your strengths and weaknesses and understand them. Practice motivating others. Know how to handle conflicts. Take on more projects. Develop situational awareness. Do not ever stop learning and growing. 

At the end of the day, the important thing is to have a growth mindset. Be open to growth and intentionally develop existing and new skills whether it’s communication, teamwork, planning and organization, problem-solving, multitasking, or leadership. Investing in yourself and learning new skills will help you in your future career success. 

Start today and develop the crucial attributes to stand out and a better transition into the real world. What an exciting journey it will be. Buckle up, young one!

GSC Philippines is one of the Global Service Centres (GSCs) in one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world, a network of offshore operations which are positioned across Asia, Europe, and North America. Inaugurated in 2004, it has two offices located at Muntinlupa City and Quezon City, with more than 5,000 colleagues serving over 39 countries around the world.

 

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