As we combat a global crisis, so much of what we once considered important has been put on hold. Professionally, although many of us have the opportunity to work from home, we are mostly focused on getting things done and keeping the business going. There doesn’t seem to be much opportunity for career development. Yet there are things you can do, even now, to help advance your career when things get back to normal. With all this extra time on your hands, why not work on developing new soft skills?
Developing New Soft Skills
Soft Skills don’t require specific, hands-on training in an office environment to learn. In most cases, you can work on them any time, anywhere. In fact, your current work from anywhere situation might be the perfect opportunity. Skype, Zoom, and even your cell present perfect opportunities to develop better communication skills, for example. And with all this extra time on your hands, working on your time management skills is almost imperative.
This infographic from Fenturi introduces new ways to look at in-demand soft skills. Specifically, they show just how these skills have evolved over the years – and how best to put them to work in your career. The best part? You can begin to work on each one of these skills, right now:
- Presentation skills
- Time management
- Team building
- Decision making
- Communications skills
Put in some effort on each of these skills while life moves at a slower pace. And when things begin to ramp up again, and we enter our “next normal,” set yourself up as a rockstar.
Sure, there’s a lot going on all around you. But you don’t have to put career development on hold. After all, you, and the soft skills you bring to the table, are one of the most important avenues for career advancement.
Every cloud has a silver lining. You just have to reach up and grab it!