Oct. 18, 2021, 10:06 a.m.
The transitional phase between teenage years and being a young adult can be challenging. During this stage, you’re expected to jump from one environment into another and apply skills you’ve never had to put into use before! This stage of life is where most young people develop skills they will carry through the rest of their lives, and these skills are often worked on by being in real life situations or scenarios.
Below our team have compiled a list of 3 life skills that we believe will be useful when entering the world of work.
1. Time Management and Organisational Skills
Being organised and aware of time is a vital work skill that the majority of employers will consider to be present with a successful candidate. In the working environment, it is expected that you are punctual, on time and prompt to your commitments to show that you represent the business in a professional and polite manner. Staying organised is often a trait that has to be practiced, and it is often developed most when learning from mistakes or feeling the pressure that work can bring. Some people are naturally organised, and others can struggle to implement a routine and stay on top of responsibilities.
To practice being organised and punctual, set yourself targets and set up the correct environment to work in. Think about planning in advance, for example getting all of your clothes and belongings ready ahead of time.
2. Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Communication skills will most likely be expected from most employers when recruiting new team members. Employers need to ensure that all of their employees are able to interact well with customers, clients, stakeholders and internal teams, in order for their roles to be effective.
Communication skills often include being literate, being confident to speak clearly in all environments, and being a strong listener. Young people often struggle to adapt their communication skills to the working environment as the education setting usually means you’re the person listening and not providing direction or feedback. When taking on a new role, you’ll need to learn to read the situation, and provide authority when necessary - this can be challenging if you’ve never had to do this before!
It is essential that throughout your development stage, you begin to grow in confidence when communicating with all types of people. This also includes practicing interpersonal skills, and learning to adapt your personality to suit different aspects of your job role. A few examples of interpersonal skills that you’ll need to display in the workplace are: Leadership, Responsibility, Assertiveness and Negotiation.
3. Self Awareness, Health and Wellbeing
A skill that is often not recognised as being a priority is Self Awareness, Health and Wellbeing. These skills predominately benefit yourself, but will have an impact on the company that you work for if neglected. In recent times, workplaces have been putting more investment into ensuring their employees health, wellbeing and motivation is a top priority in order to have a long term benefit on the companies employee satisfaction and commitment to working efficiently.
Having the ability to assess your own health and wellbeing at work is vital for not only work satisfaction, but also for avoiding burn out and maintaining a steady route for progression within your career. Being aware of how you’re feeling, whether your mental health is ok and if you’re in need of any support is a skill that comes from practising regular self assessments and awareness of any signs or symptoms of a negative work/life balance.
- A few things you can do to ensure you’re being self aware, could be:
- Complete a quick check up on how you’re feeling in the morning and at night
- If you’re feeling up and down, take note of what time or situations you’re feeling happy or sad and try to identify a pattern of what could be causing these emotions
- Research symptoms of different work related downfalls like Stress, Anxiety or Burn Out and become aware of how you could feel if you entered these emotions. This way, you will be able to identify symptoms and do something to prevent feeling this way
- Become familiar with talking to people and asking for support, the more you get used to talking about how you feel, the easier it will be when you really need help.
If you’re looking to develop these skills before entering employment, and would like support with putting these skills into practice in a real working environment; our Access To Employment Programme may be suitable for your development.
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