Monday, May 28, 2012
Life skills verses technical skills
I would say that I have above average life skills but my technical skills need a boost.
My career coach says that my next opportunity will train me for what needs to be done. He says not to worry about lacking technical skills in certain areas. That is a struggle for me to believe and grasp. As I look through online job postings, I honestly get a bit intimidated. The list of duties, responsibilities, and expectations can be lengthly and not in my history or possession. I can hardly believe what employers are asking for today. I don't know where they expect these incredible super human people to come from. Everyone wants the first in their class, great work experience, and a career path that has always ascended straight up with increasing speed. Ridiculous!
I see myself as having life skills that others are without. Good judgement, the ability to speak politely, and write succinctly begin to describe what I think I can do well. I play by the rules, keep things in order, and pay my own way. It is funny, the life skills are what some have said are the keys to a good life and a good work situation. I am not sure if I have seen that played out yet. Not destroying yourself is certain favorable but one still needs to be able to produce and solve and fix and sell. I hope one day that my life skills will be in demand and seen as the asset they are by a paying customer or customers.
How have your life skills helped you in the marketplace?