The workplace can be a challenging but very rewarding environment.
Considering many of us will spend a third of our lives at work, it’s crucial that we’re equipped with the skills and knowledge to make it a fulfilling experience.
If you’re aiming to enter the world of work for the first time (voluntary or paid), or returning to work after some time out, we’ve compiled some tips to help you on your way.
1) Match your passion to the position
It sounds obvious, but whether you’re starting work for the first time or having a career change, you need to think about where your interests and passions lie. These may be helping people, selling, voluntary work or animal welfare for example. If you can match your interests and passions to a career, then you’re likely to have a much more rewarding experience. Of course, many of us do not have this luxury and have to look for what’s available, whether we’re passionate about it or not. Whatever your situation and career goals, the majority of people will benefit from attending work skills courses before entering the workplace.
2) Communicate to accelerate
Good communication skills are one of the main attributes employers look for in an applicant. The first place these will be tested is at an interview and employers take first impressions seriously when it comes to recruiting. If you’ve never worked before or are returning to work, you should consider attending a communication skills course. This will help you with assertiveness, meeting and presentation skills and how to deal with differences of opinion.
3) Be a problem solver
As with any area of life, the workplace sometimes presents challenges and problems. These issues need not become entrenched if you have the right problem solving skills. Think about how you deal with problems outside of work; do they make you feel overwhelmed for long periods or are you quick to nip them in the bud? You may be a good problem solver at home but you may benefit from more knowledge of problem solving in the workplace. If so, you may want to consider a work skills course that covers problem solving and conflict-resolution.
4) Make your CV work harder
A CV should contain much more than just a dry list of personal and professional details. It’s your first opportunity to attract the attention of an employer and leave them with a favourable impression. Your opening statement should ‘sell’ your personal and professional qualities. If haven’t worked before, focus on voluntary work or leisure pursuits where you’ve demonstrated leadership and team work. If you need help on how best to put together your CV, consider a CV writing course.
5) The interview
The prospect of an interview can make many of us feel anxious, but you can turn an interview into a very positive and even enjoyable experience! The key, as always, is preparation! There are a few obvious questions you need to prepare for e.g.
- ‘Why do you want to work here’?
- ‘What makes you think you’re suitable for this role’?
- ‘What are your strengths’?
As is often the case, practice makes perfect. An interviewing with confidence course will help to ensure you’re well prepared for anything an interviewer may throw at you.
If you would like to know more about our work skills courses please contact Fircroft College on 0121 472 0116 or read about them.