4 Old-Time Job Skills (that are more relevant than ever today)
We can all feel how fast the working world is changing, and how new industries create a demand for new skills. It is a common conversation for all of us to discuss how jobs today are so different from jobs of our parents’ times, and employment has become a lot more competitive.
But, don’t be hasty in throwing away all the old ways. Workplace skills are a mix of old and new, so let’s talk about the old-time job skills that are still very relevant today.
1. Note Taking – Yes, I know what you’re thinking, why would anyone carry around a notebook and pen nowadays? The answer is that while the medium of taking notes might have changed (one can take notes on a laptop, smartphone, or a digital pad) but it is still important to write down your important tasks and ideas, instead of trying to carry it in your mind all the time. This will help you get organised, and show that you are serious about completing all your tasks.
2. Interpersonal Skills – Work places are very diverse now. People from all over the country, and even the world, can work in the same office. You should be able to make a connection with those you work with. This is important to get your work done, since you will have to rely on others to pitch in, and to be well-liked by your colleagues. We spend more and more time in our offices, and it’s important that we spend some of our time with our co-workers.
3. Communication – This is linked to the previous point, but also goes beyond it. It is no longer enough to explain an idea or a need and leave it to the other person to figure it out and implement it. Everyone is accountable for performance and communication is key. Moreover, with offices becoming larger and spread across many locations, it is all the more important to have a communication style that has clarity. Even when the other person has no idea of what meetings and discussions were behind what you are communicating, they should know exactly what needs to be done and how.
4. Time Management – This must sound funny by now! The world has moved away from 9 to 5 jobs and work hours can be absolutely crazy. Most places are comfortable with odd working hours when an employee comes in late and stays till late. This is fine and you don’t need to change that. What you should do is fix your hours, whatever they are, and stick to them. Bosses still appreciate a reliably punctual worker. And, moreover, since work-life balance is harder and harder to manage with such schedules, fixing your times will help you as well.
As you can see, while these appear to be old-fashioned skills, and out of sync with the times, there is a very modern demand for them. So, though you may not be able to explain to your parents what you do, they can explain to you how to be a valued employee.
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