When it comes to maintaining your value as a professional, there are a number of skills that, regardless of the industry you’re in, will help you out in the long run. You always want to keep learning and refining the skill set that specifically matches your career. For example, you always wants to keep up with the latest medical technology if your doctor, but there are other sets of skills that are almost as valuable.
Several of these, in particular, include appreciation of knowledge transfer, knowledge of information technology, awareness of how project management works, and generalized social media savvy. Those four categories of skills can help you be a better worker, manager, or owner, and will benefit the people around you as well.
Knowledge Transfer Appreciation
It’s nice knowing that you’re the only person who has a specific skill in your office. However, what happens if you decide to change jobs? Or what happens if you rely on someone in your office when they are the only person who can do a certain set of job-related tasks, and they leave? Lots of companies have growing pains because of this situation with regards to certain workers. To avoid the trouble that comes with that, understanding knowledge transfer as a technical skill can be very important.
If you use email, connect to the Internet, have any sort of router or modem in your place of business, use computers or tablets, or ever have to do anything with Wi-Fi, then you are a part of the information technology network. If anything goes wrong with these technical aspects of your work, everything can come to a screeching halt. That’s why you should make a point to learn about IT matters as it relates to your business. This could be as simple as understanding how to log in to an FTP server, or as complicated as understanding how to network databases together.
Project Management Awareness
Nearly every aspect of a business can be broken down in terms of defining a project. That said, if you learn how project management software works, then you will always have an insider track into the most important data for your business success. If you know how to work within a project management structure, then you will maintain an advantage over people who don’t have the sort of coordinated focus on a common goal.
Social Media Savvy
And finally, a professional skill that is sometimes very lacking is basic social media savvy. There’s a huge difference in company output from a set of workers who understand how social media works and how it can benefit you, and a company who does not train its employees about the pitfalls of poor social media presence.