5 more skills that are good to have

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When at the top of your game, it can be frus­trat­ing to work with ju­nior col­leagues who make all the mis­takes you used to make. Rather than get an­noyed, get into men­tor­ing and help them on their way; it’s win-win for ev­ery­one and the time you spend men­tor­ing will show you in a good light when grab­bing a se­nior po­si­tion.


Or­gan­is­ing events isn’t for the faint-hearted – book­ing venues and speak­ers, drum­ming up pub­lic­ity and en­sur­ing guests have a great time is a lot of work. If you’re pre­pared to put in the time and ef­fort, how­ever, you’ll not only raise your profile, you’ll also catch the at­ten­tion of em­ploy­ers in need of staff that can set up events for them.


If you can speak an­other lan­guage then not only can you deal with for­eign clients, you can also up sticks and go where the big­ger wages are. Ac­cord­ing to Balder­ton Cap­i­tal’s ( www.balder­ton. com) Euro­pean Tal­ent Re­port, the UK is lag­ging fourth in de­vel­oper pay; head to Den­mark, Nor­way or Switzer­land if you want to max­imise your in­come.

Will­ing­ness to learn

“You’d be sur­prised at how much of a one per­son, one job at­ti­tude we get these days,” says James Huckle. It’s easy to get stuck in a silo men­tal­ity. But if you’re will­ing to learn fresh skills and deal with stuff that isn’t strictly your prob­lem, you’ll be­come a valu­able em­ployee and your ca­reer might head in new di­rec­tions.

Know what good looks like

If you have an eye for qual­ity and you’re will­ing to fight for it, em­ploy­ers want to know. “We’re look­ing for peo­ple who can come in with the cred­i­bil­ity and ex­per­tise to know what good looks like and who are assertive enough to poke holes in so­lu­tions, say they don’t agree and bring their opin­ions to the ta­ble,” says Zone’s Kate Tay­lor.

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