Professional Skills needed during the start of your career

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Professional Skills

The demands of the Fourth Revolution or the 4.0 world as it is popularly referred to, is posing an interesting challenge for new graduates and higher educational institutions as they prepare to become more “job ready” in their approach.

The feedback received from leaders, think thanks, to even a Mukesh Ambani or the World Economic Forum (WEF) is that to survive in the 2020 world a particular focus on key workplace skills is necessary. This is a direct shift away from the very core of our educational ecosystem or corporate training landscape that has put emphasis largely on developing key technical competencies over the more intangible workplace skills.

Furthermore, with research indicating that 60% of workplace success is a direct outcome of non-technical skills, the relevance of developing these skillsets has never been more heightened. In a world of constant disruption and unprecedented change, largely on account of technological development and innovation, and with 80% of our graduates slated to be unemployable, how do young career seekers bridge the evident disconnect between corporates and the educational system?

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in their report identifies the Top 10 skills for 2020 as cognitive flexibility, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creativity, complex problem solving, people management, coordinating with others, judgment and decision making, negotiation, and service orientation. Forbes in their August’18 report added to this to include other key skills such as analytical, awareness and sensitivity, leveraging technology, learning how to learn, readying intelligently and communication.

At EdpowerU through our extensive work with millennials and GenZs in the workplace, we have defined these key intangible skills that contribute to 60-70% of workplace success as follows:

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

  • Self- Awareness

  • Self- Management

  • Self- Motivation

  • Communication/Social Skills

  • Empathy

  • Resilience

Behavioral Skills

  • Business Etiquette

  • Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Negotiation Skills

  • Time Management

  • Navigating Difficult Situations

  • Relationship Building

  • Confidence

  • Commercial Awareness

  • Decision Making

Other Key Skills

  • Critical Thinking

  • Problem-Solving

  • Cognitive Flexibility

  • Creativity/Innovation

For more information on EdpowerU’s programs and offerings on workplace behavior, personal and leadership development please visit www.edpoweru.com or write in on equiry@edpoweru.com

About Shubika Bilkha:

Shubika Bilkha, Partner, EdpowerUEntrepreneur. Advisor. Author. Executive Coach.

Partner, EdpowerU

Shubika is a dynamic entrepreneur, media spokesperson, author, corporate advisor and millennial career coach with experience that spans the financial, technology, ecommerce, education and real estate sectors in India and Internationally. She is the Founding Partner of EdpowerU that focuses on workplace behavior, personal and leadership development of millennials and the GenZ in India.

Shubika has an ideal combination of corporate experience, having worked with large companies such as Deloitte, provided advisory services to a number of small and medium sized businesses, as well as been the Managing Director of two early-stage start-ups in technology and education. Shubika was most recently the Managing Director of a leading vocational training institute and has worked with a number of leaders across industry, government and the educational ecosystem in India and the UK.

Shubika is a published author with her first book widely distributed. She has also been a prominent media spokesperson for the real estate and education sectors in India having contributed to publications, portals, panels/events, the radio and television channels in India.

Shubika is an alumna of Mount Holyoke College, USA and Columbia Business School, USA; an Associate Member of the Chartered Securities Institute (CSI) in the UK; and has completed the “Building Excellence in Higher Educational Institutions” at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Shubika has done her Executive Coaching Certification Training at CTI London, UK in line with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Accreditation guidelines.

About Edpower-U:

EdpowerU, www.edpoweru.com, is first of a kind initiative in India that focuses exclusively on workplace behaviour and personal leadership development relating to the millennial and GenZ audience. EdpowerU offers training programs focused on graduate, executive and leadership development, as well as an exclusive executive coaching service designed for millennial and GenZ employees and leaders. 

They also offer a unique millennial management service for multi-generational managers and senior leaders to assist them with navigating the evolving dynamics of a younger workforce. 

Through detailed insights and research on the development of the younger (millennial and GenZ) workforce, EdpowerU focuses on building intangible workplace skills, enhanced self-awareness and management, building emotional intelligence, and addressing the challenges of individuals towards career development and acceleration, and corporates towards improved performance, productivity and retention. 

The 5 point coaching framework of Discovery, Identification, Challenge, Accountability and Transformation, based on the renowned Co-Active model, is an intensive process of self-awareness and identification of values, interests, motivations and saboteurs, with a view to enhancing personal effectiveness, finding balance, streamlining objectives, increasing personal accountability and driving individual development through a commitment to change. 

EdpowerU is driven by the philosophy of ‘Educate to Empower’ as they look to transform the lives of 1 million millennials by 2025.