Employability skills -Teamwork

Employability skills

As well as skills specific to the job you’re going for, employers are also looking for general job skills. These are sometimes called ‘employability skills’ or ‘soft skills’. These types of skills will make you stand out.

Even if you don’t think you have any job skills, you have these employability skills if you’re:

  • dependable
  • easy to get along with
  • open to learning new things.

These skills might not be listed in the position description, but they are common skills needed to do most jobs. It’s good to think about these skills when you’re preparing for  job interviews .


Teamwork means being able to get along with the people you work with. It involves working together to achieve a shared goal.

Examples of ways that you can develop or improve your teamwork skills include:

  • doing group assignments as part of your studies
  • volunteering for a community organisation
  • thinking about how you can work better with other people at your workplace
  • joining a sporting team
  • organising with friends or family to have a neighbourhood working bee

Over all teamwork and performance can be enhanced through specific training that targets the individual members and team as a whole.

Following are the levels proposed by scientist


  • This stage is described by approach/avoidance issues, as well as internal conflicts about being independent vs. wanting to be a part of the team.
  • Team members usually tend to ‘play it safe’ and minimize their risk taking in case something goes wrong.
  • Teamwork in this stage is at its lowest levels.


  • The second stage is characterized by a competition for power and authority, which is the source of most of the conflicts and doubts about the success of the team.
  • If teamwork is low in this stage, it is very unlikely that the team will get past their conflicts. If there is a high degree of teamwork and willingness to collaborate, then the team might have a brighter future.



  • The third stage is characterized by increasing levels of solidarity, interdependence, and cohesiveness, while simultaneously making an effort to adjust to the team environment.
  • This stage shows much higher levels of teamwork that make it easier for the above characteristics to occur.


  • This final stage of team development includes a comfortable environment in which team members are effectively completing tasks in an interdependent and cohesive manner.
  • This stage is characterized by the highest levels of comfort, success, interdependence, and maturity, and therefore includes the highest levels of teamwork.