NYWICI Conference: Skills for your Career Toolkit

At the NYWICI Student Communications Conference, Helen Wagner of 3M shared the skills she felt were essential for success.Your career is made up of 5 points in the star: your expertise, your position, the effort you put into our job, your unique skills, and your network.

The last two are the most important because it is all about you and whom you know. Think about what makes you “you.”  By honing your unique skills and coupling them with the skills below, you will be ready for the communications world.

  • Emotional Intelligence: ability to make emotions work for you and one of the most important factors that determines your career success.
  • High self-awareness: the ability to perceive aspects of our personality, behavior, emotions, motivations, and thought process.
  • Self motivation: keeping energy high during tedious tasks and taking the initiative to go above and beyond in everything you do.
  • Flexibility: the ability to change, let go and move on and stop ineffective habits.
  • Reverse mentoring: when a younger or less experienced professional (aka YOU) helps a more senior manager gain insight into areas they have less experience with i.e. social media and digital.

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