4 Core Human Skills That Will Change Your Professional Life
With career automation turning organizations inside-out and eliminating jobs by the thousands, employees need to adapt to the Future of Work and learn skills that are practical and necessary. Being prepared for the Future of Work isn’t just about employees building technical know-how or being able to code; the most necessary skills are those that are often overlooked and forgotten by today’s growing organizations. It is important to ensure that you grasp these 4 core “human skills” that will change your professional life:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Critical/Creative Thinking
- Problem Solving
In this article, we are going to explore these four skills and provide examples to help you understand why they are just as important as technical know-how.
Benefits of Mastering Human Skills
Our course integrates activities focused on practical applications of these skills in your next data science position. You will learn how:
- Effective Communication Helps Build the Team
- Building Up “Grit” Will Help You Survive Challenging Situations
- Effective Problem-Solving Skills Make You More Valuable
- Being Emotionally Aware Helps You Effectively Communicate Ideas to Fruition
Employers Value Human Skills
Employers who have employees with these human skills are very lucky because an employee who has grit overcomes challenges and sticks with tough tasks instead of letting them fall by the wayside. An emotionally intelligent employee is able to really grasp the culture of a team, understand the subtle nuances of a situation, and bridge the communication gaps to come up with a fair solution.
An employee who lacks these skills just isn’t compatible for a team long-term. If an employee lacks creativity or the ability to think “outside of the box,” then the organization suffers from bottlenecks and a lack of innovation. The situation does not turn out well for anyone.
Human skills are broad capabilities in self-awareness, problem solving and critical thinking. Human skills can be broken down into Interpersonal Skills, Core Skills, and Career Readiness Skills. Colaberry Inc. provides training in each of these specific domains to ensure that you will be prepared and ready for the Future of Work.
1. Mastering Grit: Understanding What It Takes to Keep Pushing Forward
Grit is an extremely important part of being an effective data analyst and matters in all areas of career development. Grit is defined as:
- The ability to stick to long-term goals.
The ability to keep going despite adversity.
During your data science career, you will encounter many situations where your grit will help you overcome tough challenges or complex problems, and you will end up at the finish line with an amazing collection of data or a new presentation to help a business leader make a quick decision.
Here are 5 different ways you can develop (or grow) your grit:
- Pursue your interests. Find something that fascinates you and see it through to the end
- Practice, practice, practice. Get a little bit better every day
- Connect to a higher purpose
- Cultivate hope
- Surround yourself with gritty people
Human skills are essential to building a great career, and it isn’t just blindly pushing through, you have to also be able to practice using your EI, Emotional Intelligence. Colaberry courses allow you to develop all of these skills through focused activities and teamwork exercises. This unique approach helps you digest complex challenges and create amazing tools that will push you to your limits but also help you grow into a true professional.
2. Why Improving Your Emotional Intelligence (EI) Matters in the Future of Work
Emotional intelligence (EI) is an extremely useful skill to have - not just in the industry but in everyday life itself as well. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
EI is very important when working in a team environment. With Colaberry’s courses, you’re put into teams where you digest complex problems, benefit from different perspectives, and learn to back up your claims with data.
Recently Forbes discussed emotional intelligence and stated that, “Developing our EI helps us to be more self-aware and know how to consciously respond versus impulsively react to others. Furthermore, understanding what triggers our emotions allows us to develop our leadership skills by improving how we manage difficult situations and resolve conflict with others.”
The next two skills are not necessarily emotional but will help you think outside of the box when approaching problems.
3. Creative Thinking - Companies Want Data Analysts Who Think “Out of the Box”
Creative thinking is very important and will become even more so in the future of work. It is truly jaw-dropping the number of people who say they're not creative yet use creativity every day to solve problems. Creative thinkers are the people who can find solutions, turn challenges into opportunities for improvement and blockages into lessons to be learned from.
Creativity can be defined as the ability to have new ideas, while innovation is the implementation of that creativity. Innovation allows creativity to take physical shape in the form of solutions, processes and products.
Therefore, creativity in business can be described as the life force behind that business’s ability to thrive - a critical element in ensuring a clear pathway to success. On a data science team, this is especially useful because figuring our faster ways to compile data, to accomplish a critical process, or present data in a more meaningful way are also examples of creativity you’ll be expected to have as a data scientist.
Ways You Can Practice Creative Thinking
- Stress the importance of creativity for the business. Ensure all your teammates and leaders know that you want to hear their ideas
- Make time for new ideas
- Actively solicit creative suggestions from your teammates and leadership
- Strive to improve the status quo and think “outside of the box"
Being able to think outside of the box and pursue creative avenues is extremely important. Being able to follow unconventional paths with an eye towards meeting a specific KPI or project deadline is also highly valued.
Creativity is also overcoming an obstacle in your way with original thinking. All of these skills are highly sought after by leaders in today’s data-driven organizations.
Colaberry courses help you to not only learn the basics but also build your creativity skills while you are solving complex problems and presenting huge sets of data in a way that lets you both express yourself and solve a critical business need. This skill will be invaluable for you in this industry.
4. Build Your Problem Solving Skills With Colaberry
Critical thinking skills go hand-in-hand with solving huge problems and are necessary to companies and enterprises. These skills show that the employee understands how to dig through complex, unorganized data and can analyze patterns.
What makes critical thinking and data analysts and scientists so valuable to the modern organization is that they already have these skills, especially those who graduate from Colaberry. In an article by Harvard Business Review on critical thinking skills, one expert stated that, “Few of us are effective critical thinkers—who has time? The good news, says Stever Robbins, is that this skill can be learned.”
Common Types of Critical Thinking Skills
- Analyzing Data and Situations
- Applying Standards
- Discriminating between data sets
- Seeking Information
- Thinking Logically
- Predicting Outcomes
Colaberry will help you gain the skills you’re looking for and prepare you to communicate effectively, think outside of the box, and finally be prepared to join the best career field!
Colaberry School of Data Analytics has been providing groundbreaking, career-oriented training programs in Data Analytics since 2012. They run online classes that you can take from the comfort of your home. Colaberry also offers instructor-led classes in the Dallas, TX area. More than 4,500 people have changed their lives by participating in these bootcamp-style classes!
With Colaberry, you will gain a unique set of skills that will put you ahead of the pack due to our focus on providing up-to-date knowledge and a curriculum written to fit right into even the most fast-paced job roles so you can hit the ground running.
Colaberry provides short intensives to help you upskill and specialize yourself in the exact skills companies are looking for in those they employ. We offer online and on-campus programs in multiple locations such as Texas, California, and more.
We Work With Your Finances
We want to ensure that your financial health isn’t a barrier to you attending classes. We offer flexible programs, payment plans, and counseling to make things easier on our students.
Real World Project & Portfolio Experience
Each of our classes integrates a project based on a real-world scenario helping you to grasp some of the most critical job skills that employers are hungry for. We work with you to build a digital portfolio that you can present to employers to demonstrate your competencies in a variety of highly in-demand areas of expertise.
High Job Offer Rate
Our job offer rate is over 80% for our qualified students. That means we focus on developing you in both tech and human skills, how to interview successfully, and perfecting your interpersonal skills.
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