Saturday, 4 May 2013

MUST HAVE skills to a successful career

You may be wondering why there are schools charging high tuition and matriculation fees in the Philippines. Popularity? No! Proven track record? Maybe.

According to my friends from these schools, this is because these institutions cultivate and develop the needed skills of an individual to become successful not only in his chosen career but also generally in life.  My friends didn't divulge these things but I have seen and experienced working with successful people and I learned a lot from them.  I wanted to share this so that parents and children alike will start working towards developing these skills as early as now even without going to these schools. For those aspiring new graduates who are finding a niche in the corporate world, these are some of the skills that an employer is looking for in the candidate.

1.  Critical Thinking - this is the ability of the person to process information right and fast (so alam nyo na ibig sabihin pag SLOW?) Critical thinkers are able to see where the gaps are, determine the problem and provide ways to solve it.  He is also able to find answers to what if situations. I just noticed in my son's math homework, they are always asked to look for the equation in a problem before they solve it.  If the problem is understood in another way the answer is already wrong. Comprehension is important.  If you have learned math in a straight forward manner for example: 512 x 4876,  try to solve word problems and develop the habit of  finding the equation yourself before solving it. For little children, try to ask them questions that cannot be answered by yes or no. Let them explain why they chose that answer. Explore more on the book he read by asking your little one how it relates to him.

2. Leadership - those whose temperaments are Sanguine and Choleric will not find it hard to "lead".  But its not impossible for the Melancholic and Phlegmatics to lead in the future if they at least participated or gave support to the leaders in a school organization or joined extra curricular activities. The experience will help them build the confidence to lead later. If you are a student now, don't just focus on the academics, the extras will come in handy and will help you achieve more. Remember, this will teach you how to manage time and prioritize things.  A skill that you will need to master and you will use for the rest of your life. The more projects or teams you handled, the more opportunities for you to climb the corporate ladder later faster. Now if you didn't know what the four temperaments are and which one fit yours, you better research on this and learn how to maximize your strengths and work on the weakness.  A good reader becomes a good leader because he knows how to store and use information to his advantage. Sabi ng Journalism teacher ko, para daw makabuo ako ng magandang article para mailagay sa school paper, kailangan magbasa ng magbasa. Knowledge is power.

3. Communication - what do you think happens to a person with the above skills but without the communication skills?  Learn to develop this very important skill because even if you are the most intelligent person in your school and you can't even express yourself, there's no way you can show the first 2 skills.  As early as a preschooler, have your child recite poems in front of siblings and parents. If you are in the school age,  participate in activities where you will be asked to talk a lot, volunteer to speak in the group's behalf for a project, or do the presentation. The more exposure you have in talking to different kinds of people, the more confident you become. Expressing yourself will become a natural chore. Second, learn how to listen and be sensitive of how others receive your message. If  there is a need to stop to get their attention, do it. Be aware of body movements, facial expression and other non-verbal reaction.  Don't just talk about something, choose your words, make the report meaningful and noteworthy. Think of it this way, "what is the impact of this. How will it add value to them?" People will draw near to you if what you say will benefit them.  Learn how to write too. Watch out for wrong grammar, use of punctuation and special characters. Font size and style matter, when you are composing an email even sending a private Facebook message, check spelling before sending. Make it a habit to write right. What you say in print will tell a lot about you.

4. Initiative - another skill that is lacking in most employees nowadays is this one. Initiative is going the extra mile in order to reach the target.  It is not only completing the project but making an effort to make the project stand out. In short, "kinareer" (not mediocre or pwede na but excellent). It is doing something without being told. It is being cognizant of the next step and planning of doing it before the current task is not yet completed.  Thinking ahead and adapting to change, engaging in something that is unknown yet essential for the job. A classic example of this is when the teacher asks for volunteers for a community project. The ordinary student will look away or not pay attention, but the success-bound student will raise the hand and do the task. Why?  Because he is SIPSIP? No but because he wants to add to his already long list of "experience" that will equip him for his future.
I urge the readers of my blog to help spread this. The tips I shared here are beneficial in training our children towards excellence. With early training and developing the habit of mastering these skills, success is inevitable.

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