Keys to career success
For salaried employees, success can be judged from many elements, such as position, income, or responsibility. However, when considered carefully, success is the result of a combination of many factors. Success factors can be divided into three groups as follows:
1. Hard skills or work-related competency
2. Soft skills or people management competency
3. Communication skills
Hard skills are crucial to career success. Many organizations send their employees to participate in training to develop work-related skills and expect that their employee’s performance will also improve after the training. However, success factors cannot be achieved only through training, but the employees must be ready to learn new things to improve their knowledge and competency, and be open to new work concepts. If you focus on any career, you should be determined to obtain additional knowledge to develop yourself and your organization. Moreover, you may need to use other factors, such as soft skills, to increase your efficiency.
Soft skills are not less important than the hard skills. Diligence, activeness, teamwork, time and resource management, problem-solving, and creativity are considered soft skills. Most of these skills arise from an individual’s personality and can also be developed. At present, there are institutions and courses that promote and develop various aspects of personality, including work concepts and management.
The last set of skills is communication skills or the ability to communicate. When mentioning communication skills, we do not only talk about language competency, but also the ability to communicate or coordinate as a whole. There is a saying that, “Even if you are good at your job, but if you have no communication skills, you cannot be successful.” Communication skills are intuitive, but they can also be developed. The ability to communicate is an essential factor contributing to career success. Good communication is simple communication that enables the recipients to accurately receive the messages.
In conclusion, there are many success factors and it is not difficult to develop such factors. However, before considering any skills, the person who wishes to be successful has to know himself and his competency and choose the type of job in which he is skilled so he is aware of his strengths and weaknesses that need to be improved in order to achieve career success.