Skill or ability is something that everyone must have in order to survive. Especially in these times, the world is moving fast and there are always changes in it. 

As humans, they are always required to be able to adapt to new environments, including changes in it. Likewise in the workplace, if humans do not have good skills to adapt, humans will gradually be replaced by artificial intelligence or robots. 

So, if you are a fresh graduate or student, this article will be able to help you understand what skills you should hone to prepare for a future career. 

The Top 6 Skills You Must Need Before Starting a Career

Come on, listen! There are following 'The Top 6 Skills You Must Need Before Starting a Career':

01. Communication

As we know, communication is an important foundation that is used to foster, maintain good working relationships, between fellow staff and superiors. With communication, we can also create a more directed, clear and structured work environment.

With good communication skills between work colleagues, work will be easier to do and produce even better output. Then what is good communication like?

First, speak in clear sentences. When speaking, don't use sentences that confuse people or sentences that have multiple meanings. Say it in a straightforward and clear sentence. That way, your interlocutors can know and understand the message you are conveying. Good communication can also avoid misunderstandings between colleagues.

Second, be a good listener. Don't let you cut the conversation because you can't wait to reply to your colleague's conversation. Try to listen and understand your colleagues' conversations carefully, so that your colleagues feel valued.

Third, open thinking. This will help you to understand the wider problem. Try not to put prejudices or assumptions too early so that the message conveyed to you is not biased by your own thoughts.

02. Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the ability to think constructively (constructively) which is used to find solutions to existing problems.

Critical thinking includes the formation of logical and reasonable judgments as a strong foundation for taking action, so that you do not just accept the assessment without thinking. There must be validity underlying the assessment, so that the decisions taken will not spoil other plans.

In critical thinking, you are required to have good analytical, synthesis, and evaluation skills to digest information obtained from observation, experience, or communication. You can start asking things like, where does this information come from, is this information credible, whether this information was generated based on concrete evidence or just instinct. 

You can practice critical thinking by looking for issues that interest you, then try to identify and evaluate problems in the issues you choose. After that, you can look for logical relationships in each of the arguments that are put forward. 

Next, identify whether there are inconsistencies in the arguments stated, if so try to solve the problem systematically and measure how relevant or important the arguments are.

03. Troubleshooter

Problem Solving Ability is Very Important to Work (Source: Problems will always occur wherever you are, including at work. An employee must be required to be able to solve problems effectively and quickly, both individually and in groups. 

To be able to solve a problem, the first thing you can do is try to identify the existing problem. Next, find as much information as possible about the existing problem, such as what causes this problem to occur, why does this problem only occur at certain times, is there any data or information that can support the occurrence of this problem.

By looking for as much information as possible, it will be easier for you to analyze the existing problems. This can make it easier for you to find the right solution. You can brainstorm with friends or colleagues to find some alternative solutions to a problem.

After finding several solutions, evaluate the solutions. Either this solution adds more cost or is there another barrier that could prevent the solution from being implemented.  

If you have evaluated all the good and bad considerations, then the next thing you can do is implement the solution. Don't forget that after implementing it, you also have to measure the effectiveness of the solution when it is run. 

Problem solving skills do seem difficult to do at first, try to train yourself little by little by solving minor problems that are around you.

04. Time Management

At work, it is very important to have good time management skills. This can be proven from the first time you conduct a job interview. Did you arrive late on the day of the interview or did you try to be on time for the job interview.

If you don't have good time management, you will become overwhelmed with time management at work later. Coupled with a super dense job and tight deadlines , this can backfire for you.

Try to train yourself to organize your time and arrange activities from the most important work to be completed as soon as possible to work that can be done at another time.  

A dream until you screwed or cool themselves doing less important things that your time runs out in vain. Try out some of the time management methods that can help you get into your activities more regularly!

05. Computer Operations

The ability to operate a computer is indeed the most important ability for work. Moreover, technological advances require you to be up to date with existing technological developments.

You can start honing your computer operating skills from running Microsoft Office , email , blogging, then you can also increase your skills in creative fields such as the ability to operate Photoshop, Corel Draw, or AutoCAD. 

Don't forget, you also have to be able to master Backup Management, End User Support, Client Server Management so that you can understand and investigate the problems that exist on your computer. 

06. Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage emotions in oneself. 

Usually, people who have emotional intelligence can direct better business decisions, can resolve conflicts well, are able to control pressure more calmly, and tend to listen more, respond to, build criticism well.

To practice emotional intelligence, you can start by being more empathetic to other people's problems, learning to control your emotions, knowing and understanding yourself more consciously (mindfully), and honing your social skills with others. 

The ability of hard skills is really needed to help do work, but don't forget the soft skills that can help you stay in your job later. Come on, prepare your time well to add the skills needed when working later!


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