“Why continuing skill development is important for my continuing studies and future employability”
As much as learning is an on going process, skills development follows the same trend. Nowadays, competition has been the hallmark in every corporate endeavour and to say the least, each product seeks for competitive edge. I must not stay behind in this race for leadership and excellence because my future employability depends largely on how I perfected my skills during this period of continuing skill development and advancement. So what priorities should I consider necessary during this stage of my life? Skills are competencies expected to produce input for the organization I intend to belong. Communication skill appeals to me as the most needed competency in every employment I would enter into. Communication declares my intelligence in understanding concept and delivering them to other people. I may not become an eloquent speaker but if I can express my ideas with clarity and vigour, chances are, my ideas could be instrumental for the company’s progress and competitive edge. I see communication as opening up myself to become transparent and it would take a lot of courage and self-confidence before I could make it real. Some people go through life without appreciating the relevance of communicating with other people. Many people have brilliant ideas in mind but the absence of communication skill prevents those ideas to materialize. There are those who excel in many things but they were not able to reach out to others due to lack of ability to express them. Communication is sending and receiving messages that lead to interpersonal relationship. Communication comprises two important concepts, listening and speaking. Listening and speaking are important elements of interpersonal communication. Listening is opening my mind and heart to the other party. It is allowing the message to sink deeper into my being. It allows me pay attention with full sincerity. (Hellriegel, 2002, p. 14 -15) During communication process, the aspect of listening cannot be ignored. Listening is perhaps one of my most significant disabilities because there are many barriers why I could not listen attentively. In learning to listen with open mind, it means I have to accept the person talking to me with respect. Speaking, on the other hand, is a voluntary opening of my self to others. It is a revelation of who I am in front of another person. I speak because I want someone to listen to me. As I speak, I bring out my real self completely hidden inside me. That is the time I long for someone to listen and accept me for what I am. Communication has always the intention to create interpersonal relationship. (Otter, 2002, p. 13) In an informal communication, I am creating a social network of people, which is very important in future, employability. By establishing and perfecting the manner of an informal communication during this period of my learning process, I am already opening a better chance to end up in an excellent company in the future. (Otter, 2002, p. 15) It is also important for future employability to learn to be able to communicate in a more formal manner. The ability to communicate properly contains the idea that I have the capability to inform other people about significant occasions and activities, and to keep people updated about their present condition. During conversation with high ranking people, formal communication can take place at a more personal level thus create good impression about me and the scope of my knowledge. At present, I am still struggling and conquering several difficulties to develop communication skill. However, like an old saying goes, “it is not a matter of how many times I fall. It is a matter of how many times I rise every time I fall.” Another skill I consider significant during development stage and very much needed in my future employability is leadership skills....
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