The jobs of today look very different from the jobs our parents had. Whether you work in a cubicle or on a construction site, technology has changed - and is continuing to change - the ways we connect, communicate, and create in our careers.
In the past, a college degree was enough to set you up for professional success. Today, employers want job candidates who also have the right skills to succeed. That‘s why we’ve partnered with top employers, business leaders, and recruiters to identify 10 skills that are critical to performing your best— not just in one field, but across all industries.
These are skills that will prepare you for the needs of any future employer and set you up for success in a world that is constantly evolving:
As you work through this and other courses, consider how you can use these 10 skills to achieve your personal, academic, and professional goals.
We’re the only species on this planet that uses complex communication to share our ideas with the world. Not only does communication allow us to connect with others and reach our goals, but it’s also the reason we’re able to record our history, maintain our culture, and create new innovation.
And when it comes to the workplace, being an effective communicator is absolutely essential for career success. Strong communicators can easily share ideas, collaborate, give and receive feedback, address obstacles, resolve conflict, and accomplish essential tasks. That’s why this course is so important!
In this course, you’ll practice four essential employability skills that will help you become a master communicator. They are:
As you begin with this first unit, you will explore these skills in relation to oral, written, and nonverbal communication. You will begin to understand how you can use these skills to better communicate your ideas and to better listen to others. You will look deeper at how improving your skills can help you combat bias and see things from other points of view.
In particular, we will focus on the following:
To officially start your journey in Communication at Work, the video below will help you better understand the importance of these skills. No matter where you work or what your career path, these skills matter.
Ask any employer the most important skills you'll need on the job, and the answer is sure to include one word.
Everything is based around communication. That's how teams collaborate. That's how projects get done.
Can you be successful without strong communication? Nah.
The stronger your communication, the further you'll go in any job.
In most jobs, you have to be communicating with someone else. And unless you're able to do that successfully, you won't be successful.
In the coming weeks, you're going to learn skills that can rocket you to success from everyday people who've mastered these skills in the real world. You'll learn from a major league baseball executive how to write for any audience.
I am selling a brand, and so I have to know how to communicate that and share that and show that.
Take some deep breaths please.
And you'll learn the critical importance of listening from an ER physician assistant who moonlights as a comedian.
You got to toss me one though bro. You have to listen to other people's ideas, be willing to embrace whatever is coming at you, and build on it.
No matter where you work, this course will help you step up your speaking and writing skills, draw on technology to make your message heard, be aware of your emotions and social dynamics, and be more productive.
If you communicate, people will respect you. People will give you opportunities. People will promote you if you do it effectively.
Get ready to learn why communication counts.