8 Skills you need to thrive in a job

8 Skills you need to thrive in a job

The ability to work effectively with others on a task involves learning to listen well, respecting the opinions of others, communicating effectively and embracing each other’s strength to accomplish a goal on the job.

So you just got a new job and you’re wondering what to do to be successful on the job? This article seeks to address necessary skills you would need to be successful on a job regardless of the level of your role.

  1. Ability to handle pressure

Let’s face the truth, if you work in a fast paced environment, you’re most likely to work under extreme pressure. This means having to deal with constraints out of your control. Unexpected events or problems are bound to come up in the workplace, you should learn how to work well in these circumstances so you don’t panic or lose sight of the job.

  1. Collaboration/Teamwork

Most workplace environment involves relating to different kind of people. The ability to work effectively with others on a task involves learning to listen well, respecting the opinions of others, communicating effectively and embracing each other’s strength to accomplish a goal.

  1. Self-Management and Self-Motivation

The ability to manage yourself to accomplish the required task is important for success on the role. No manager would like to manage someone that would need frequent hand holding. You need to take the initiative and be accountable for every success or failure.  In a workplace where most employees are dissatisfied for various reasons which tend to affect productivity, Self-Motivation is an important skill to develop which gives you the strength to perform exceptionally

  1. Flexibility

The workplace is constantly changing and only people who are flexible enough to the changes will thrive. You have to be willing and able to adapt in order to meet individual and business needs.

  1. Ability to accept criticism

No man is totally perfect so there would be instances were colleagues and bosses would be DIRECT with you and tell you as it is. Some may be emotionally intelligent to make it constructive while some may not be. Learn to take corrections and avoid justifying or making excuses. Learn from the mistakes and move on, don’t weep over spilled milk.

  1. Emotional Intelligence

Fundamental aspects of emotional intelligence include Empathy, Self-awareness, social skills, self-regulation, Motivation. Being emotionally intelligent helps you to understand your emotions, manage your emotions as well as manage other emotions.

  1. Time Management

Time Management is an important skill to learn especially when there are numerous tasks in a short time which is bound to happen in most organizations. One thing that has helped me is a To-Do-List, being deliberate about what I do in the time allocated to me, Google Calendar is a lifesaver but most people think it’s too much stress to use it. Every morning, I write down my tasks, set a timeline for myself, fix some on my calendar, leave some allowance for distractions and stick with it. Learn to Say No, learn to prioritize and most importantly, avoid unnecessary distractions that eat into your time


  1. Problem-Solving skills

Problems will definitely arise in the workplace and you were employed to solve a problem if not, you won’t be hired. For me, a star employee is someone that sees a solution in every problem. Have the mindset that nothing is impossible and work towards it. If you’re the kind of person that always goes back to their boss for issues when they arise, you may have a problem. Go with possible solutions and steps you have taken to address an issue.

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Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria(www.careerlife.com.ng), a Certified HR Professional and an Employability coach. CareerLife Nigeria is a social initiative aimed at reducing unemployment by providing people with the right career related information and Coaching. Yewande is passionate about People Development, Recruitment, Employability and Career Coaching. Through personal coaching, published articles and speaking engagements, she has helped hundreds of young professionals become more employable and gain employment. You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: info@careerlife.com.ng and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

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