Communication is the basis of everything, be great at it. It includes reading, writing and speaking. Speaking skills are beginning to dwindle as we allow ourselves to hide behind screens all day. Work on public speaking and presentation skills, it is important for every job. Reading comprehension is also important, if you cannot understand instructions, that is a recipe for disaster. People are starting to read less and less too. Writing skills are essential for effective communication as well, there is not much more you can say. It is also something that needs to be heavily practiced, so just get out there and write!
First Aid is a great life skill to have, regardless of what occupation you’re in. However, if you work in healthcare it’s probably mandatory. It’s applicable in any situation possible and can really round out your resume with a great essential skill. Anything can happen!
Programming (HTML, CSS, PYTHON, JAVA, C++)
With the technological boom, employers are looking for potential employees with technical skills. The great thing about learning programming is that it is something you can do on your own. You don’t necessarily need to attend classes or receive a degree in it. There are amazing resources online, specifically YouTube, MIT Free Courseware and much more. Take advantage of all of these amazing free resources. If you can commit enough time to it and build a decent portfolio, employers will be more impressed with that than a piece of paper with a university stamp on it. This will take a lot of SELF DISCIPLINE and MOTIVATION, but it has been done before. If you can’t find a job with your current degree, what’s there to lose? Not to mention it is a lucrative career.
Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, WordPress)
Social Media is something a lot of us are immersed in already, but there is often a lot left to learn about it. Most of us only use the simple, daily features they provide, but social media can be used as a powerful tool. With the help of the likes of Facebook and Twitter, millions of people can be reached. It is important to learn these programs in and out, and proficiently utilize their features. Blogging is a great creative outlet and can be extremely rewarding too. In addition, a lot of these things can be monetized itself with the help of ads. Who better to work for than yourself?
EXCEL, EXCEL AND EXCEL… DID I MENTION EXCEL?
Excel is one of the most powerful programs in the Microsoft office suite. You can organize data, build spreadsheets, create graphs and calculate information all on one program. Amazing right? However, it is an extremely intricate program that uses formulas and a plethora of functions that people rarely learn. On Excel, there are many ways to make things easier, instead of inputting and calculating each cell by hand. There are many online resources to learn Excel and it is a skill almost every employer is looking for. No matter what you do, you will probably have to handle data and it is important for you to learn how to apply simple data analysis. Just learning how to use Excel can also help you move up the ranks in a company, it has been done before.
What skills are you going to develop to be more employable?
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