Professional and Work Ready
How professional and work ready are you?
Professionalism and a work ready approach can be broken down into several small subsections which each describe what is required to meet this attribute:
The following information will explain each of these sections in more detail:
Digital literacy, according to the 'American Library Association', is ''the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills
Communication involves the imparting or interchanging thoughts, opinions, or information among people by speech, writing, or signs. People communicate in different ways. How effective is your communication style? Are you giving away thoughts you don't mean to?
Learn the differences between visual, oral, electronic, and written communication through the following worksheet and quiz.
Teamwork and Collaboration:
This area is about being able to work co-operatively with other individuals and makes valued contributions to the outputs of others in order to assist own team or project to achieve the required outputs. It’s all about being a team player and pulling your weight.
Take this teamwork knowledge quiz to test your teamwork skills.
Planning and Organisational skills:
This are consists of being able to prioritise and identify critical tasks. You need to be able to arrange tasks in a logical order. Establish priorities systematically, differentiating between urgent, important, and unimportant tasks. Use a "to do" list, task plan, or similar planning devices to note action plans, deadlines, as well as to avoid constant distractions and procrastination.
Do you find yourself wishing you had more time to do the things that really matter to you? Are you constantly looking for items that you've misplaced? Do you have trouble prioritising your daily activities and life? Few skills in life are more important to overall success than organisational skills. Without them, life becomes overwhelming and intimidating; with them, almost anything is possible. Besides being a skill that can be applied to practically every aspect of your life, organisation is fortunately a learned behaviour. While it takes conscious effort to improve one's organisational skills, it is certainly possible and everyone has the ability to do so.
This organisation skills test is made up of two types of questions: scenarios and self-assessment. For each scenario, answer according to how you would most likely behave in a similar situation. For the self-assessment questions, indicate the degree to which the given statements apply to you. In order to receive the most accurate results, please answer each question as honestly as possible.
Time management and working under pressure:
The ability to work under pressure involves dealing with constraints which are often outside of your control - these might be resource or time constraints, the difficulty of the task or having insufficient knowledge required to complete the task, or unforeseen changes or problems.
Find out how well you manage your time in just three-minutes with this free online test, and download your own personalised report.
Conflict resolution is conceptualised as the methods and processes involved in facilitating the peaceful ending of conflict and retribution. In the workplace you will need to practise deescalating conflict to ensure a peaceful and productive work environment.
Some example questions you could be asked around creative problem solving include:
You should come up with answers to these questions in your own time and make sure you’re prepared. Once you’ve mastered each of these sections you’ll be professional and work ready.