Evergreen skills you must have throughout your careerYi Ling
With the job landscape changing rapidly every couple of years and with new jobs being created and older jobs becoming obsolete, the question that begs to be answered is how do we keep ourselves relevant and in-demand when everything else is evolving? Do we continuously upskill ourselves according to the latest trend in technology? Or, do we seek out greener pastures hoping that our skill sets will be needed for a longer period in a new sector. While it may not be entirely feasible to constantly upskill and seek the latest knowledge, here are some evergreen skills you must have throughout your career which you can rely on to carry you through:
Communication covers both verbal and nonverbal styles of communicating. Communication skill is a core skill that allows someone to effectively put an idea across a room and getting every listener to be on the same page of a discussion. A good communicator is able to get messages and ideas through the telephone, through WhatsApp messages, through emails and even through another person. Effective communication employs good use of languages, styles, mediums and settings. Regardless of how the job landscape changes, you can be sure that there is always a true need and appreciation for someone with superior communication skills.
Problem solving skills
The ability to solve problems is also an evergreen skill that will always be in demand. Solving problems methodically is one thing but successfully identifying a problem is another. This is where financial institutions and banks are fond of employing engineers and programmers for their superior ability to identify problems, to draw up potential solutions to the problems and to finally execute the appropriate measures to solve the problem. Problem solving skills is a prerequisite of being a good leader.
Core values – integrity
aFamous investment guru, Warren Buffet was once quoted as saying, “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. If they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you”. Those words have a very heavy and deep meaning as integrity and honesty will always have a place in the world. Arguably, those are not actual skill sets but they are innate abilities to undertake and execute any duties up to the highest standard required.
Flexibility and adaptability
Malcolm X, an American Muslim minister and human rights activist once said, “The mental flexibility of the wise man permits him to keep an open mind and enables him to readjust himself whenever it becomes necessary for a change”. Being flexible is a self-taught skill crucial for survival. Especially in times such as this where digitisation is happening in almost every sector in every industry, employees need to constantly adapt to changing market needs and to be able to have the mental flexibility to survive.
Investing is more of a habit than it is as a skill. Investing is a deliberate attempt to put in more than necessary effort and to take on more risks for higher returns. Investing is not confined in the monetary space but can take up meanings such as investing your time, investing in your relationships, investing in yourself and of course, investing your money. Successful people are always investing time to learn new skills and they are also always investing in friends and relationships to build a stronger network.
In this context, marketing skills cover both marketing a product for revenue and marketing yourself as a great employee. This skill is a combination of being a great communicator, a good influencer and having a strong ability to understand things quickly. The power of persuasion is a skill most great public speakers, career coaches and trainers have. They are able to disseminate a common idea that they want everyone to be a part of.