20 great jobs to consider if you have good communication skills
You’ve heard it all before… you should choose a career that suits your personality and interests. But how about doing something that you’re really, really good at? Have you thought about what skills you have and which skills set you apart from others?
Choosing a good career goal means finding a career that gives you a high chance of being successful and gaining job satisfaction – but to be good (and successful!) at the job also means that you need the specific skills that are relevant to the tasks of this dream career.
There are many types of skills. Some are acquired through formal learning while others are developed through informal activities. Students can develop skills through extracurricular activities, their academic coursework, a part-time job, job shadowing or internship, or even volunteer work.
One important skill everyone needs is communication skills. Having good communication skills mean being able to communicate information effectively, clearly and accurately. It also includes being a good listener and using non-verbal cues well, e.g. body language, tone of voice, facial expression, gestures, and others. In the world of work, examples of good communication skills means being able to: deliver dynamic presentations, persuade people to take an action or accept an opinion; write clear and effective emails and reports, socialise and talk to people from all backgrounds easily, and manage difficult or stressful people and situations.
What are skills?
Skills are things that you learn that help you perform certain tasks well.
When it comes to your career, skills are important for many reasons. With so many graduates competing for top jobs, an employer won’t just be looking at your paper qualifications – they would also want to be assured that you have developed the core skills that would make you a worthwhile addition to their company.
So, do you have good communication skills?
If you’re wondering if you excel at communication, think about this…. At school or college and at home, do you enjoy taking part in a logical argument, entering a debate, or speaking in front of a crowd? Do you enjoy writing reports and essays (and get good grades too)? Do you like working on the school newsletter or yearbook – especially writing articles and interviewing people for stories? Are you confident when speaking to people you’ve just met? Do you usually get picked to emcee a school event or moderate a class discussion? Do your friends say you’re a good listener?
If you think you have good communication skills, you may want to consider these jobs.
- Clinical psychologists
- Counselling psychologists
- Customer service representatives
- Financial advisers
- Human services assistants
- Market research analysts
- Medical assistants
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Public relations specialists
- Radiologic technicians and technologists
- Sales representatives
- School counsellor
- Social workers
- Training and development specialists
Five quick ways to improve your communication skills
- Listen to the news and talk about current affairs with a friend
- Practise giving your complete attention to someone when they are speaking
- Put down your phone for an hour and play charades!
- Challenge yourself to type all your phone messages in complete words for a whole week
- When you’re watching a movie, observe how body language helps to convey what a person is trying to say, then practise these non-verbal cues yourself.
According to an article in The Guardian, graduates who have already secured a job are told by employers that grades don't matter as much as skills in the job market. Increasingly, employers look more at skills than whether students obtained a first- or third-class degree.
While different occupations have distinctive requirements, there are many interchangeable skills that are valuable to any organisation. Check out these top skills that you can self-study to ensure your career prospects.
Sources for this article include:
- “Developing Employability Skills,” by University of Kent.
- "Excellent Communication Skills: What Does It Really Mean?” by Career FAQs.
- O*NET OnLine .