October 21, 2011 | | Leave a comment Career pursuit begins once you graduate from college and during this time it’s important to think about the skills you will need to succeed in your career path. Though most career skills will be applicable to all professions, the importance of each will depend on your career choice. For example, a doctor or salesman will need to possess strong people skills, while a graphic designer working behind the scenes with client deliverables may find success focusing more on time management. Did I learn any skills in college? Thankfully, working through college has helped you develop key skills that will aid you in your career path. The actions that helped you survive college such as balancing work and homework, cramming with late nights, rising early in the morning, attending to deadlines and learning how to juggle five different classes will all serve you in your career advancements. 1.Â Â Â Communication Communication skills are essential for any career and workplace. Though this trait is more important in areas such as public speaking or sales jobs, learning to communicate is also an essential trait when interacting with coworkers, varying personalities and culture backgrounds. Employers value communication above most other traits because it not only enables you to fare well amongst your peers, but it also allows you to communicate effectively with clients verbally and in writing. Your first communication test will be your cover letter and resume. If you can pass that test, you will be one step ahead of the game. 2.Â Â Â Problem-solving Your career will skyrocket if you can learn to solve problems and create solutions. Businesses are built on the idea of creating solutions for a specific audience of people. In order to become an effective problem solver you will need to possess analytical and creative skills. Analytically, you will use reason, initiative and persistence. Your creativity will also be useful to help you devise new, fresh approaches to the problem. It can be rare to possess equal amounts of analytical and creative skills, so teamwork is essential. Your communication skills are needed here as well which will enable you to contribute to a team effort and solve the problem quickly and efficiently 3.Â Â Â Time Management When you were juggling and organizing your class projects, you probably didn’t realize you were honing your time management skills. Most jobs require you to possess the ability to multitask. Whether taking a phone call while writing a report, or answering an email while your boss is waiting on an important project, these actions are essential to becoming successful in your career. You will most likely be faced with multiple tasks at once, so it’s important to know how to prioritize while ensuring that all projects are completed on time and with excellence. 4.Â Â Â Honesty Honesty and trust comes more into play the “higher up” you climb the corporate ladder. Your employer will want to know you can be trusted especially with trademarked information. Integrity is often not talked about in a “cut throat” world of professionals trying to get ahead. But, if you stay true to yourself and remain honest, you will always come out successful in your career endeavors. 5.Â Â Â Initiative and Drive Does your employer see passion? Do you see every obstacle as a chance to learn and grow? Drive and passion are essential for any person seeking long-term success and growth in a career path. You must be motivated to think outside of the box and passionately achieve your personal and company goals. Initiative will help you “stand out” in the workplace and make you appear as a leader. Take Notice As you begin your career journey, start noticing these skills even in your personal life and begin to take them more seriously. Your personal life will not only be enhanced, but your new employer will also value what you bring to the organization.