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Professional skills

What are they and which ones do we work on?

What are the professional skills?

These skills are a series of attitudes, abilities and skills that a person has, defined within the a work environnment.

In a profession, we are able to say which skills a person working in that profession needs to have in order to carry out their work in the best possible way.

A person acquires their professional skills by combining their own personal resources: experiences, attitudeds, knowledge, skills, capacities, ethics, values; and external resources: documents, training resources, social networks, media, information,etc.

The skills model is key to the new labour market, given that it is a model that enables people to draw on their own resources and transfer them and put them into practice when undertaking a particular job.

Which professional skills do we work on?

The University Business Office organises different training capsules to improve some of the most highly valued professional skills:

Communication

The skill of conveying information, making something known to somebody in a clear and understandable way. It covers everything from conveying information to conveying ideas, interests, etc. Communication can be oral and/or written and is addressed at different audiences.

Motivation

Internal process –mental state– that activates, directs, and enables us to behave in an appropriate way to achieve a specific objective. It is also a response mechanism that takes the balance between the needs and demands of each moment into account, energising us, and spurring us on to undertake actions adapted to these needs. .

Networking

Ability to establish relationships with a wide range of people (networking), enabling us to help each other in professional and personal situations. It is a two-way process. By helping and giving assistance to our network of contacts we pave the way for them to help us.

Leadership.

Intention of assuming the role of the leader of a group or working team. It entails the desire to guide others.

Self-confidence

Self-belief in our ability to successfully carry out a task or to choose the right approach to undertake a piece of work or solve a problem. Showing confidence in one's own skills (for example, when faced with new difficulties), decisions, and opinions.

Negotiating

The skill of promoting consensus. It is the attempt to bring together different criteria, in a particular situation, with the aim of reaching an agreement and seeking the best outcome.

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