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10 Skills Every Young Professional Should Master

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There are some things that you should be aware of as a young professional. While I hate to be the one to break the bad news, there are some skills you need to advance your career that are different from the skills you need to get hired, which are also known as employability skills. This means that the list of skills you need grows the further up the career ladder you climb.

See Also: 10 Habits to Help You Advance Your Career

Here are some of the skills you should develop throughout your career to increase your chances of success:

#1 How to Balance Work-Life

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When life gets in the way, it can get pretty messy, so it’s best to leave what’s bothering you out of the office. A true professional doesn’t allow anything to interrupt his work, no matter what is going on in his life. But, even when you are dealing with a tough situation and things seem uncontrollable, there is always a solution. Likewise, you should never let work interfere with your life.

#2 How to Start a Conversation

Since communication skills are considered to be vital in today’s job market, you should learn how to make small talk, or better yet start a discussion with someone. This becomes even more important as networking is considered to be the best way to find a job. Apart from that, though, there are many other benefits to it and you never know what you are going to get from start starting a conversation with a stranger. By the time you reach the end of the conversation, you may have made a friend, exchanged interesting opinions, or established an important connection.

#3 Have Good Manners

Good manners are vital, especially in business. So, when you are meeting with important people for lunch, you are expected to be on your best behaviour. This means no hands on the table or making a fool of yourself while eating with your mouth open. Just keep it together and show how professional you can be. Anyhow, you can be rude when you are alone – if that even counts as being rude.

#4 How to be Resilient

Life is full of challenges. Along the way, you are probably going to face your worst nightmares. You will have to compete with other people to get that job or promotion you want so badly, but most importantly you will have to confront yourself. Learning how to be flexible and resilient will help you cope with obstacles in your career and as such will help you recover easier and quicker.

#5 How to be Honest

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Honesty is underestimated in the workplace. When you are running late for work, you don’t have to blame the bus driver. It’s best to acknowledge a mistake rather than getting yourself into a worse situation by trying to cover it up with lies. Being honest shows other people that you are true to yourself and others. This makes you more likeable to your peers who are more likely to come and ask you for advice.

#6 How to Receive Criticism

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One of the biggest mistakes young professionals make is that they don’t take in criticism easily. In a way, it does make sense because no one likes to be told they are doing something wrong. But to be successful in your career you need to be willing to accept any form of feedback other people give you and think about ways how you can develop yourself.

#7 How to Ask for Something

Since you are most likely to be amongst the youngest employees in a company, it is important that you learn how to speak up and go after the things that you want. If you don’t have the courage to tell your boss your opinion, disagree with him or ask for a promotion, the less chances you have to get what you want out of your career in general.

#8 How to Manage Anger


Getting angry is part of human nature. But that doesn’t mean that you get to project your own frustration on other people and become the black hole of the entire office. While research has shown anger encourages creativity to a certain degree, it is not always helpful when you are dealing with other people. Managing this difficult emotion will definitely help you become better in your career and improve your relationships.

#9 How to Keep Promises

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When you say that you are going to do something, it means that you must do it. If you don’t, then your actions show how unreliable you are. A lesson that you need to learn is that you should keep your promises no matter what the case. If you find that you can’t do that, don’t make them in the first place even if it’s closing a deal with a customer or completing a project within a certain time period.

#10 How to Cope with Stress

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Just like anger, anxiety is another difficult emotion to manage that can easily get you out of control. If you are not comfortable with working under pressure, which is a key skill employers look for in young people, stressing out could be fatal to your job and career as a whole. In fact, it could cause you to make mistakes or make rash decisions about your future.

See Also: How to Write a Killer Resume

All of these skills are essential to career success. Learning how you can develop these will help you become more mindful in the near future.

How many of these skills can you confidently say that you possess? Let me know in the comments section below… 

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