Corporate Skills

From handling a tough boss to surviving office politics, many schools don’t educate students with some basic lessons that are important to survive in the corporate sector.

Here is a list of some of the important skills you need to inculcate in yourself before you step into the market.

Critical thinking

Critical thinking should form the basis of any decision you take. In simple words, evaluate a premise in the light of the evidence /s that support it and the consequent outcome it thus leads to. Critical thinking is the ability to raise the unconscious reasoning to the level of the conscious mind.

Very often our decisions are based on influences and circumstantial indication. Being able to keep influences at bay and apply critical thought to any situation is an important facet of any career.

Art of listening

Most schools teach you the importance of communicating effectively; however, in the bargain we tend to overlook the fact that communication is always a two-way affair. Therefore, the art of listening is as important as the art of speaking.

No degree or course can equip you with skills like the art of reading between sentences and understanding what exactly the other person means. In a corporate scenario, not everything is said the way it is. So if you are not alert enough to catch the underlying meaning of comments / statements made by your colleagues / clients you are heading towards a not-so-pleasant surprise!

Leadership skills and Office Politics

You are either born with it or not’ is what many experts believe. While it’s true that no management programme will teach you the practical aspects of management, it is not something you cannot acquire. Leadership qualities like people management , hiring the right people, determining their growth path, keeping politics at bay and maintaining team decorum amongst others are skills you need to acquire if you want to scale the success ladder.

No matter how transparent the HR policies of a company may be, or how supportive the management may portray itself, politics is inevitable because competition is tough and everyone wants to be leading. Thus learning to handle the entailing pressure is important. Although many experts claim that dedication and hard work speaks for itself , at times there is a need for something more.


Networking is an important skill that no classroom will teach you. In today’s scenario, a good network of professionals with similar interests can act as an important link in your career.

If you want to accomplish something, you have to be working with people. As a rule, I don’t delete anyone from my contact list. You never know when the need to reconnect may arise. In fact, it is advisable to stay in touch with everyone in your circuit. It may be tough, but it’s worth it.

Writing skills

This might come as a surprise , but the importance of good writing skills is often least emphasized upon, especially if you are from a technical background. Very often, institutes teach you the minute details of your chosen field; but did you know that when you coordinate with professionals you haven’t met (for example: overseas clients), your style of writing becomes the yardstick of your personality. So even if you send a one-liner e-mail or text message, be sure you get it right.

Art of dealing

Working out a good contract is an art. Identifying the right kind of people, exploring business opportunities and measuring results, without getting taken for a ride requires excellent negotiating skills.

Whether it is discussing mutually beneficial deals with the company management or structuring a good contract with a client, the importance of effective negotiating skills is unarguably crucial.

A classroom teaches you none of this and many people have to learn it the hard way.

Source : Economic Times

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