Employability Skills

Employability skills or “soft skills” are the key to workplace success.

Employability skills are a set of skills and behaviours that are necessary for every job.

Employability skills are sometimes called soft skills, foundational skills, work-readiness skills, or job-readiness skills.

The most important employability skills are in the areas of:

Getting along with and working well with other people, such as communication skills and other interpersonal skills;

A willingness to learn new skills, whether those are job-specific or more general.

Willingness to learn

A willingness to learn means being open to new ideas and experiences, and always looking to improve your skills and knowledge.

Sometimes this is referred to as personal development, but that term is also used for a more formal process, of goal-setting, action and reflection. Whether you choose to make your learning process formal or informal, there is no question that the modern world requires all of us to continually update and revise our skills.

Change is a constant in most workplaces, and the most valuable employees are those who embrace personal change, and recognise that it offers more opportunities than threats. Employers generally want people who are resilient, adaptable and flexible—another key part of self-regulation and emotional intelligence.