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The 3 Must-have Enterprise Skills for School Leavers

It’s no surprise that today’s world of work is drastically different to only a few years ago. Rampant technology changes, work-from-home, flat management structures, AI, start-ups, online university, and the ‘gig economy’.

Because of this, students need to be equipped with flexibility and an open mind to trying new things, so that they can approach the world of work without the same rigidity that we did years ago.


Which 3 enterprise skills are most important?


There’s a huge range of skills that students need (enterprise skills comprise more than 25 distinct skill sets like leadership, negotiation, etc.), but if your students have these 3 enterprise skills, they’ll have the ability to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves in the world of work:


Interpersonal skills



No matter how technological we get, life and business still require interpersonal skills. It doesn’t matter if students are literally ‘staring at a screen’ all day long (like we see so many do today), they still need to interact with other people, even if it’s simply typed or spoken communication while working remotely.

Employers need to have employees that they can converse with about tasks, and young entrepreneurs/self-employed people need to be able to work with a wide range of people, from suppliers to contractors to customers.

Adding to this, we also need collaboration skills – another key enterprise trait, as our ability to work together is critical to us as a society. If you can relate to people, converse well with people, and collaborate with people, you’ll easily stand out from a wide field of candidates.


Problem solving


As we shift away from needing people with degrees or experience, to valuing people with know-how or the ability to get things done, problem solving is even more important than ever before. Ask almost any employer and they’ll tell you that they’re far more likely to employ someone who can quickly learn how to do something, or solve a problem fast, over someone who has ‘experience’. This is especially so in the technology industries – as rapid solutions to problems (which this skill focuses on) is becoming far more valuable than tenure or degrees.

Problem solving as a skill also ties in the need for creativity and critical thinking, both of which can make an individual highly valuable to an employer. Do you want to hire someone who you need to do the thinking for; or someone who can spot a problem, and come up with a solution you hadn’t even considered? It’s not hard to see which employee would be a better choice.


Time management


Yes, there are hundreds of ‘productivity’ apps, reminders, calendars, task-management tools, hacks, tricks and more. But without the ability for a young employee to manage what tasks are priority and then manage their own process of doing them on time, schedules blow out and employers miss their productivity goals (even the small ones like getting a marketing project finished this week).

The ability for a young person to self-manage might seem like a minor thing, but in a workplace where tasks or projects need to be done to meet a schedule, it will very quickly show up as being a major problem. It starts in school with getting ready on time in the mornings, and doing homework/assignments on time, but in the world of work it means deadlines that can cost a business a significant amount of money or missed opportunity if things aren’t done when they should be.

So while this might seem like the simplest of the 3 enterprise skills, being able to manage how and when tasks get done is the foundation of everything else.


There are so many enterprise skills that can make a young employee highly sought after (and a young entrepreneur successful), but starting with the ability to work with people, to be valuable by solving problems, and getting everything done efficiently is a great start.

To find out more, explore our Job Spotlights database – as we feature enterprise skills throughout every one of the 190+ jobs profiled on the Study Work Grow website.


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