MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: What is one piece of advice all millennials should take before entering the workforce? is written by Stacia Pierce, CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises.
Millennials are a group of well-educated, creative, and optimistic young professionals who are set to take over the workforce. Their progressive thinking and ability to quickly adapt to change will benefit them greatly in our ever-evolving society. But before they enter the workforce, there are few crucial skills they should have:
Regardless of how corporate dynamics change over time, one thing remains true: communication is key. According to a Carnegie Foundation report, 85% of your financial success is due to your interpersonal skills. That means only 15% of your success is a result of your technical knowledge. Although millennials tend to favor digital communication over personal interaction it’s important to remember that people run businesses, not robots.
Be a team player
Work on your interpersonal skills. Before entering the workforce, it would greatly benefit you to spend some time working on your written, oral, and social skills in a live setting. College is the perfect place to practice; use group project assignments as a way to improve problem solving abilities and negotiation tactics. Group dynamics require that we learn to work together, listen attentively to other viewpoints, and then collectively make a decision — a scenario you will come across often in the workplace.
Start building relationships with others in your field before you enter the workforce. Making these connections could even help you land your first job. With so many people competing for the same positions these days, it’s important to create an advantage for yourself. The ability to connect with people face-to-face will always be considered a valuable skill to employers.
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