5 skills needed for a career in business

Have you always wanted a career in business? Make sure you put these essential skills on your CV!

29/08/2018

If you want a career in business, you will need to decide what type of business career path you want to take, for example you could pursue a career in business in one of these sectors: finance, human resources, marketing, accounting, real estate, retail or sales.

All different fields will require specific skills, qualifications and training; however as a whole these are the 5 skills that you will need for a career in business:

  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving

Communication skills
To succeed in a career in business you must have excellent communication skills, both interpersonal and intrapersonal communication skills, because you need to be able to effectively communicate (verbally and non-verbally) with people as well as being able to deal with your own emotions and thoughts. Being able to negotiate well will also come in handy for a career in business.

Organisational skills
For a career in business, you must have impeccable organisational skills because you need to be able to research, plan, manage your workload, and attend meetings with colleagues and clients, all in a timely fashion meeting all of your deadlines.

Teamwork
Teamwork is essential in any career, but it is especially essential for a career in business. You need to be able to work effectively in a team, which means you need to be willing to help others and communicate well with them.

Leadership
You need to be able to confidently lead people for a career in business, which means you need to be approachable, friendly, firm and able to make quick decisions. Being able to lead a team and motivate people will help you succeed whichever business sector you work in.

Problem solving
Being able to overcome and solve problems with ease will help you in a business role because when a problem arises you need to be able to come up with a plan of action on how to fix it. For example, you might receive a financial report with numbers that you weren’t expecting to see and you will have to quickly think of a way to present the figures in a positive light to your manager.


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