Career Development Tips

People Skills

  According to Merriam-Webster the

definition of "PEOPLE SKILLS" is the ability

to work with or talk to other people in

an effective and friendly way.

We will discuss active/effective listening.

When you are a great listener you can

minimize conflict, improve relationships and

make decisions easily.

Here are a few ways to improve your listening skills.

1. Pay attention

*Really listen to what your speaker is saying.

*Don't use this time to think of your response.

*Avoid being distracted with things and people.

2. Use your body language to show

that you are interested.

*Nodding, smiling and verbal comments

3. Try not to judge.

*You may not agree with the speaker, but hear them out.

*Correcting/interfering can cause disconnect and

tension within the conversation.

4. Feedback.

*Rephrase/repeat what was said to get clarity.

*Ask questions about certain points, so

you understand what the speaker was

trying to convey.

5. Respond appropriately.

*Be open and honest with your response.

*State your opinions respectfully.

Stay on topic.

"Remember this, my dear brothers and sisters:

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak,

and should not get angry easily."

James 1:19


Adaptability is the ability to adjust quickly and easily to changing 

factors, conditions, or environments.

Being adaptable is valuable in the workplace. People who adapt to 

change well often thrive in ​any environment.

Being adaptable and open to change may not be easy.

Here are some tips to help you develop and

improve your adaptability.


Being able to bend easily without breaking and the 

willingness to change or compromise.


                          Being able to adapt to many different functions or activities.


                   Consider going beyond the feelings of knowing, to experience 

                           the freedom of growth by expanding your reach.

Learn to acknowledge and accept change.





Feel like you have more things to do than 

there is time in the day?

Well, no​w is the right moment to start prioritizing your time…..

➢ Start by making a list of all the things you need to take care of; 

everything that comes to your mind.

➢ Next, create groups and begin to combine things that are 

common or have similar points.

➢ In each group, list items based on importance.

➢ Look over each group and set a timeline of completion.

➢ Now that you have set timelines, place the 

groups in order of importance/priority.

➢ Plug the most important items into your day as they fit.

➢ Remember some things may overlap,  so be sure to review your list often​.

Set Goals

First, start b​y​ creating a list of short and long-term 

goals for your career development.

​A short-term goal is in the "near future".....

(​today, tomorrow, next month or even by the 

end of the year).

Here are some examples of short-term goals to

accomplish f​or career development.

​​* Keep your desk or workspace organized

This can help you keep track of assignments and

avoid misplacing documents.

* Arrive to work early

This allows you to get on assignments and 

maybe complete some projects.


This time c​an also be used to reduce stress 

and help with time management.

*Communicate better with co-workers

This helps maintain a healthy work relationship.

It reduces misunderstandings while increasing work productivity.

Now, on to long term goals

A long-term goal is in the "distant future"

(several years from now)​.

It takes time and planning.....

Here are some examples of long-term

goals to consider.

* Improve leadership skills

This can help build confidence and 

allow career growth. It can make day to day 

operations run smoother.

*Gain management experience

This allows for increase in pay. 

It can also help you to become an effective leader, 

problem solver and a help to others.

*Learn a new skill or new technology

This can help you stay valuable with your company/

business and build confidence.

You must work hard and take the necessary steps

to improve your growth in the workplace.....



Decision-making is the process of identifying and

selecting alternatives.

Here are a few steps to take to improve 

your decision-making skills:

*Identify the situation, challenge or opportunity.

* Note potential solutions or actions that can be taken.

* List the advantages and disadvantages of each option.


-Discuss the pros and cons to see which option fits best.

* Choose the decision you want to proceed with 

and measure the results.

With each decision you make, 

think of the short- and long-term impact.


As cliché as this may sound, believing in yourself is very 

important for career development. 

 Believing in yourself can be described as having faith 

in your abilities, trusting yourself 

and overcoming self-doubt.

Let’s take this a little further….

 Faith in your abilities

*Be realistic about your talents.

*Be confident with the skills that you have.

*Don’t be afraid to learn more/grow your skills.

Trust yourself 

*Start with things you know you are good with.

*Take responsibility for your actions, the end results.

*Don't hesitate to learn more and improve your abilities. 

*This will help to build your confidence.

Overcome self-doubt

*Think positively.

*Most times you are your harshest critic.

*Be kind to yourself.

*Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

-Everyone does

You can do this!

*Remember, " I can do all things 

through Christ who strengthens me."


Philippians 4:13*