So, with many of you university students embarking on your final year. Some of you may have already decided that a career in business is the way for you. Whether it be a career in marketing or sales, there are so many options for you to consider. Now, while university can teach you a lot about say marketing, they don’t seem to really teach you much about the personal skills needed to make it in the world of business. This post will explore some of the main skills needed to try and help you succeed.
Negotiation is a fine art to master. The official definition is “discussion aimed at meeting an agreement”. But there’s so much more to it than that. Negotiation is all about you coming out on top, while still letting the other person think they’ve grabbed themselves a bargain. This process happens day in, day out in business. Quite a lot of companies now even require their employees to have ongoing negotiations skill training courses to make sure techniques are constantly being improved. With deals on the line with most companies, it might be worth doing a little research into the art of negotiation.
Communication skills are probably one of the most important skills to have. Whether it be communicating with your colleagues to form working friendships, or with customers to form a rapport. It’s not all just about face to face communication either. When starting a new job, your employer will be keen to know how your email and telephone skills are. Having a conversation with someone that’s not face to face can be hard, as people can’t always tell the tone you’re trying to take, or the facial cues you’re using to show emotion. Wording an email in a way that comes across informative, yet not condescending is a skill some of you may have already mastered due to being at university. But if you feel you wouldn’t be the best at this, you can always take a look at online guides to help you.
Time management is one you all would have had to master during university. But in the world of business, it’s slightly more serious. If you’re a little late submitting a smaller assignment, it’s not too much bother. But as you know, when it comes to the big graded assignments, if you submit them late you may run the risk of losing marks or failing the whole unit. The same sort of applies in business, except if you don’t meet deadlines it could mean deals lost, customers angry, and more importantly, a very angry boss. It’s important to realise that in business it wouldn’t just be you affected as it would with uni, there is often a chain of people affected by lack of time management.
There are just three of the main skills that the waiting business world with need from you. Some you may already think you do pretty well, but it’s always worth doing a bit of research to find some of the best techniques and interpersonal skills to make sure you thrive in your new careers.