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Five Key Skills that will Result in Success in Any New Work Environment 

Which skills a graduate should focus on when applying for jobs, or starting their new job.


G raduation days are fast approaching, or maybe they've already passed you by. Either way, you'll probably be looking for that full-time gig pretty soon (if you haven't already started looking).

In this modern-day competitive job market, it can be completely overwhelming to feel like you're expected to know everything about your employer, the ins and outs of their business and what their expectations of you are going to be.

Gone are the days of graduating from post-secondary school and entering the workplace with extra time to learn on the job. Entering the workplace post- graduation in 2020 means having most of the necessary skills already in place and being ready to hit the ground running. There may be a little wiggle room for learning in the first few weeks of a new job, but the reality is if you don't know what you're doing yet, odds are someone else does.

As of 2016, 77% of college graduates expected their future employers would provide additional training. Only 57% actually do provide on-the-job training (that's almost half that don't!)

On one hand, employers have these high expectations because they believe students should have the knowledge after having invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into schooling, and months or years of time into internships. On the other, even with all of that time and money invested, students still know that not every job, workplace or employer is the same.

But there are a few key expectations that modern employers are sure to have. Knowing what they will be can set a new graduate up for success in their new work environment.

1 Being able to multitask
You may be thinking: "But I can't do two things at once!" And that's not what the employer is asking of you. Multitasking usually means handling multiple priorities at once such as balancing a variety of clients and their needs, knowing how to work multiple machines at a shop, or having a few projects on the go. This says to the employer: "they know how to use their time wisely!"

2 Having quality organizational skills
To bounce off of point one, organizational skills are key to succeeding in any workplace as a new graduate. If you can efficiently organize your time and your projects to know which comes as a first priority and which can afford to wait, the employer will know that they can rely on you.

3 Taking charge in your position
Every employer is going to love it if you are keen on making your own decisions and running with them. Asking questions in the beginning is normal, but if you have a good grasp on a task and feel like you can take hold of it, why not try? Unless it's a decision that can cost a company their reputation or money, it never hurts to show a bit of your leadership strength.

4 Problem Solving
Managers, shift supervisors, and other middle positions are there for a reason–to help when the going gets tough–but this doesn't mean you should run to them with every little problem. Employers will be impressed if you can diffuse a situation with little to no help (unless it is an HR concern).

5 Communication Skills
Proper grammar, correct punctuation and other basic writing tools go a long way in most jobs. Especially with increasing technology and internet use (yes, even though we have spellcheck and Grammarly), it is becoming a rare skill for employees to be good with sentence structure and clarity. As for oral communication skills, those come in handy for networking events and growing within the company and will help with landing yourself the job in the first place.

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