The term ‘Life Skills’ refers to the skills you need to make the most out of life. Any skill that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill. Broadly speaking, the term ‘life skills’ is usually used for any of the skills needed to deal well and effectively with the challenges of life.
Following are some life skills that can be helpful in one’s life:
1. Communication Skills - The ability to communicate information accurately, clearly and as intended, is a vital life skill and something that should not be overlooked.
The Importance of Good Communication Skills
- Professionally, if you are applying for jobs or looking for a promotion with your current employer, you will almost certainly need to demonstrate good communication skills.
- In your personal life, good communication skills can improve your personal relationships by helping you to understand others, and to be understood.
- Communication skills can also ensure that you are able to manage interactions with businesses and organizations
2. Decision making skills - Decision-making skills show your proficiency in choosing between two or more alternatives. You can make decisions once you process all the information you have available to you and speak with the right points of contact involved with a certain situation. Overall, it's important to identify processes that help you make the right decision on behalf of the organization and make a concerted effort to uncover biases that may affect the outcome of it.
How to improve decision making skills:
- Identify the situation
- Note potential actions or solutions
- List the advantages and disadvantages of each
- Choose on the decision you want to proceed with and measure the results
3. Critical Thinking: - Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas. Critical thinking requires you to use your ability to reason. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information. Critical thinkers will identify, analyse and solve problems systematically rather than by intuition or instinct.
Someone with critical thinking skills can:
- Understand the links between ideas.
- Determine the importance and relevance of arguments and ideas.
- Recognize, build and appraise arguments.
- Identify inconsistencies and errors in reasoning.
- Approach problems in a consistent and systematic way.
- Reflect on the justification of their own assumptions, beliefs and values.
4. Employment Skills - Your education and experience may make you eligible to apply for a job but, to be successful in most roles, you will need skills that you are likely to develop over time. Some will be specific to the job, but the vast majority will be so-called ‘soft skills’ that can be used in any job or employment sectors. These soft skills are ‘employability skills’: they are what makes you employable.
The most important employability skills are in the areas of:
- Getting along with and working well with other people, such as communication skills and other interpersonal skills;
- Being reliable and dependable: doing what you say you will by the deadline you have agreed, and turning up when you are meant to be there; and
- A willingness to learn new skills, whether those are job-specific or more general.