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  • Writer's pictureVinayak Jawalkar

Tips for young professionals: Must-have skills for early career success

Must-have skills for early career success

Are you in your early career trying to find out what skills to develop?

I have identified foundational skills for your future career.

Concentrating on key skills at the start shapes your career, despite endless options.

Must-have skills for early career success in 2024:

For working professionals, these handpicked skills are a must-have for early career success:

1. Communication

How to develop communication skills at work?

Effective communication is the ability to convey your intended message.

It can be your email writing or your daily interaction at the workplace.

Learn to tailor your message

Talk and write in a style according to your audience.

Whether formal or casual, ensure your message reaches the intended audience.

Try to be as clear as possible.

Make your language concise. Avoid jargon that many do not understand.

Listen actively

A lot of us do not listen and it may be hard to accept the fact. You may think a million things

and be ready to throw your ideas out.

Focusing on self-expression, you neglect the significance of listening to others.

If you want others to listen to you, listen to them first.

Listening may be hard and requires you to be consciously aware of your thoughts.

You can ask questions when you don’t understand what you heard.

But make sure you have listened first.

Build rapport

To connect with someone, just be yourself.

Don’t conform to others just to fit in. Please be sure to have clear boundaries when building rapport with someone.

You don’t have to force yourself to rapport building and it should be natural and intentional.

When you show genuine interest in your colleagues, you will build strong relationships.

2. Problem-solving and critical thinking

These skills are essential in all fields, making them must-haves for early career success.

Recognize the significance of critical thinking skills in the workplace and their high demand.

Frame the problem

All the problems will not be clear. Sometimes, it requires you to go deeper and understand what the real problem is.

Identify issues, analyze situations, ask questions to understand problems.

This is doable and requires practice from your early career.

Find creative solutions

Once you understand the root cause of the problem, don’t jump into an immediate solution.

Brainstorm multiple options together, despite a readily available solution and alignment.

Don’t settle for the first solution.

Explore various approaches and use a creative approach to find an effective solution.

Our tendency to rely on conditioned thinking may hinder widespread acceptance of a creative solution.

It is okay to find new ways to solve old problems.

Use data to decide

Data is everything at this moment.

People prioritize data above all else.

For instance, we rely on customer reviews and ratings online.

Data backed up by good communication makes a big difference in supporting your decision.

Data adds credibility to your work and creates an impact when you offer solutions.

3. Organisation and time management

Here are some key organisation and prioritisation skills that can bring discipline into your early career:

Understand your priorities

Have clarity in goals to prioritise your work.

Understand your goals and clarify when required.

If you have multiple tasks in hand, prioritise the urgent and important tasks. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to prioritise your work better.

Break down enormous tasks into minor tasks for quicker completion.

You can use your calendar or a traditional diary to organise your personal and professional goals.

Do not procrastinate

Understand why you are putting off things. Can another person handle it if you dislike or are incompetent at something?

Learn why your procrastination gets triggered. Avoid procrastination at the workplace and also in your personal life. When you feel burned out, take a break and resume your work with a fresh mindset.

This keeps you motivated to continue your tasks.

Be adaptable

Days don’t always go as planned. You might have to take up unplanned tasks because everything is uncertain.

Learn to swiftly adapt your plans and distribute tasks as needed.

If your schedule goes off-track, handle your time effectively to accomplish tasks.

Cultivate these must-have skills for early career success

These skills are essential for early career success when focusing on career development.

By honing these core skills, you can -

  • Excel in your current role

  • Find your next passionate role

  • Enjoy the work you do

I hope you find this helpful.


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