Professional Skills

Find out about professional and soft skills that are of high demand, and those that you may well need in your job. We also analyse specific skills and how to develop them to boost your career.

 
A smiling female doctor holding an elderly patient's hand
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / FEB 06, 2019

Choosing to become a doctor isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. After all, it takes a lot of dedication and preparation to even be accepted into medical school, and...
Close-up of a woman's hand placing the final piece of a puzzle that says 'emotional intelligence'
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / JAN 30, 2019

While there are many factors that determine the success of employees in the workplace, it’s fair to surmise that emotional intelligence is near the top of this list. In...
Close-up of a male teacher writing English words on a whiteboard
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / DEC 06, 2018

Teaching English as a second language can be a daunting task for anyone, even an experienced and skilled teacher. You’re faced with beginners that can’t speak a word of...
Group of young people attending an office meeting
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / OCT 30, 2018

Being assigned as the designated minute taker of a meeting can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven’t done it before. After all, given the responsibility of...
Female social worker chatting with young woman and her baby
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / OCT 22, 2018

Social work is an important career choice to make because it requires a great deal of commitment, time and emotional energy. With your skills – both learned and inherent...
Close-up of two businessmen shaking hands
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / SEP 12, 2018

Negotiating is a skill that’s often associated with C-suite executives finalising big business deals behind closed doors. But in reality, it’s something we all do every...
Nurse smiling at patient
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / AUG 30, 2018

Choosing to become a nurse is a big commitment. It can be emotionally draining, the hours are long and you can be exposed to some incredibly stressful situations. But it...
Businessman holding card with sales growth chart
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / AUG 20, 2018

There are two images that often come to mind when you think of the word ‘salesperson’. One is that of a woman with heavy makeup and perfectly-coiffed hair who loves...
Male architect working on construction plans
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / AUG 14, 2018

Deciding to become an architect is a wise career choice; it’s exciting, it pays well and you’ll get to make a significant and lasting contribution to how societies are...
Businessman sitting at desk and using calculator
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / JUL 30, 2018

Choosing to become an accountant is a wise career move; the work is steady, there are plenty of opportunities for career progression and it’s a job that you can do...
Business woman presenting
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / JUL 24, 2018

No matter how much you try to escape it, there will be moments throughout your professional career, where you will be forced to present. And, one way or another the...
Female customer paying female shop assistant
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS / JUL 09, 2018

If you work in a customer service role, I bet you’ve heard the phrase ‘the customer is always right’ one too many times and rolled your eyes - knowing that it's 100%...
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