An apprenticeship will not only offer you valuable work experience and a qualification, but you will also help you acquire and develop a range of “soft skills” that will help you progress in your profession.
They are essential skills that define interpersonal relationships or how you approach life and work. Hard skills, on the other hand, are more specialised and job-specific. With this in mind, the parts that follow will go through the soft skills that you can acquire via an apprenticeship.
Communication is important since it facilitates the development of professional relationships and networks. As a result, it contributes to the development of a wide range of other skills.
Communication includes listening, speaking, and writing. Each kind of communication may take a variety of forms:
Listening skills: You may be expected to listen to online training classes or to a manager at a catch-up meeting when you are given new duties.
Speaking: You may be needed to talk at meetings to convey your thoughts and exchange them with others. You may have also made presentations on your research or a completed project.
Unless you work in communications and produce a lot of written content, this is typically in the form of emails.
If you’ve ever participated in a team sport, you’ve most likely engaged with your teammates by listening to or speaking to them. So, take what you’ve learned from past situations and apply it to future ones.
Furthermore, even if you have never written a professional email before, an employer will not expect you to know how to do so at the entry level. Simply listen and learn how to alter the formality of an email for different audiences.
Organisation is one of the most important soft skills you will acquire throughout your apprenticeship. Why? Because you will fail if you are not organised. You’ll be balancing a career and a qualification, so organising your workload and time is essential to completing tasks and meeting deadlines.
Time management is an essential element of an organisation; it entails planning your day so that you have enough time to complete each task. How do you go about doing this? You may use a planner or calendar to organise your daily activities for work and school. This should assist you in remaining organised and keeping track of everything you’ve done.
Teamwork, like communication, is something you’ve almost certainly done at school previously, whether in an internal or external team, in group activities in the classroom, or on the playground.
Some of us thrive in groups, while others detest teamwork. Working with people with whom you don’t always get along is something you’ll have to do at some point in your professional career if you want to accomplish a common goal.
The goal of teamwork is to ensure that everyone in the organisation contributes equally. Those who are born leaders have a tendency to grab the reins. As a consequence, ensure that the quieter members get an opportunity to offer ideas as well.
4. Problem-solving skills
Humans, by nature, avoid difficulties. This is due to our aversion to the unknown or the risk of a change having a negative impact. However, we must keep in mind that companies pay employees to solve problems; therefore, we must try our best to solve them.
Problems may be big or little. Each problem may need a different collection of features as well as a distinct decision-making process. So, while attempting to tackle an issue, you must persist and be resilient. You may run across additional issues along the road. Failing the first time, on the other hand, will only help you learn, so keep trying until you succeed.
In today’s workplace, things are changing fast. As a consequence, in order to thrive, employees must be able to cope with changing environments and adapt to a variety of situations.
As a consequence, your employer will want you to be open to new experiences and willing to adapt to situations that may be outside of your comfort zone at times. As a consequence, putting your soft skills regarding flexibility acquired throughout your apprenticeship to use is essential.
Leadership is a skill that many people lack prior to beginning their careers. So don’t think you’re expected to know everything. However, some qualities of a good leader are as follows:
- Sincerity and candour
- Ingenious and inventive
- Outstanding communication abilities
- Zeal and devotion
Because the main aim of the apprenticeship is to learn, don’t be afraid to take up new skills such as leadership; it’s all part of the learning and development process.