Job skills

Employees in the job industry today are required to possess some specific skills that result to success in their respective jobs. These skills assist an individual in the running of daily activities in the workplace and towards the achievement of the organization’s goals and objectives. It is worth noting that there also exist opposing viewpoints and counterarguments about the required skills for a successful job career. Critics argue that skills are not the only items required for success to be guaranteed and there is more that is needed (Quek, and Ai-Hwa 240). Skills that are important for one to be successful in the workplace today include communication, teamwork, and the ability to use technology.

Important Skills Needed To Be Successful In a Job Today

According to Kappelman, et al. (67), communication is the ability of an individual to pass information from one person to another. Having the skill of passing information to other people without causing contradiction is an important aspect in the job industry today. One of the reasons why this skill is important is because when information is delivered in the time it saves the organization some additional cost as compared to when it is delayed. Additional when a manager possesses the ability to communicate fluently, employees get to understand easily what they are required to do leading to the success of the organization.

A second skill that is important for the success in the workforce today is that of teamwork. Teamwork refers to the ability of one to relate and work in unison with other members to achieve a common goal (Kappelman et al. 68). Teamwork is essential because it adds energy towards a specific project since employees tend to work an extra inch when in the company of their colleagues. With organizational teamwork, goals are achieved easily as compared to when tasks are assigned and performed from an individual perspective.

Ability to use technology is another skill that is crucial for success in the workplace today. According to research, nearly 90% of organizations globally use technology and have ditched the old traditional ways. In the past, there used to be a lot of paperwork used in organizations, but technological means were invented to replace them. This, therefore, means that any individual without the skills of the usage of technology turns out to be a liability for that organization. For an organization to be successful, it, therefore, needs to hire individuals with the skills and ability to handle and control technological devices.

Opposing Viewpoints and Counterarguments

Critics and some researchers argue that one does not only require skills to be successful in the workforce today. They view success as a composition of various elements which are brought together to function as one. According to Quek, and Ai-Hwa (240), he argued that having skills alone and lacking other aspects like experience, self-esteem, and values among others cannot guarantee success. He also retaliates that success involves the realization of oneself and the commitment to the course in an organization. One might possess the ability to handle technology but do their work without any motivation, and this would help in a meeting the organizational goals and objectives.


Teamwork, ability to communicate and the ability to handle technology are just a few examples of many skills that an individual requires to succeed. However, the three are crucial especially in the 21st century where the organizational models and frameworks have taken a new dimension. On the other hand, critics argue that although skills are needed for the success of the workforce, they are not the only aspects that are required to be in the mix. They argue that other aspects such as commitment, self-realization, and experience among others are also important for success to be achieved in the workplace.

Work Cited

Kappelman, Leon A., et al. “Skills for success at different stages of an IT professional’s             career.” Commun. ACM 59.8 (2016): 64-70.

Quek, Ai-Hwa. “Learning for the workplace: a case study in graduate employees’ generic            competencies.” Journal of workplace learning 17.4 (2015): 231-242.