You are entering a new career, and want to develop the professional skills necessary to be successful on the job. These skills are easy to come by, and we will discuss some ways for you to get a great start acquiring them.
The first way to learn these skills is by modeling someone within your company that you admire and feel you can trust. This person can be someone to go to for advice, questions, and concerns that you have about how to handle a certain situation. Watch their body language, interactions, tone of voice, and skills in handling others throughout the day. Note what you think are the strongest skills and copy them, but in a way that works the best for you. Ask the individual if they can watch you interact with a client or other peer in the company to see if you are using the correct manner and procedure.
Your company may also offer newer employees training in how to be effective on the job and with clients. Ask your supervisor if any training is offered, and how to get involved. Being proactive is a professional skill in itself, and by taking responsibility for your own growth shows that you are on your way to being a valuable employee. There are also a number of journals available in book form and online that can give you advice in this area, and should be sought out. They can give you a great variety of skills to learn.
When you feel you are picking up some of these lessons, you are definitely ready to put them into action. Practice with different situations, types of people, and events helps to hone your abilities along with being able to adapt. The more that you practice what you are learning, the more habitual they will become over time. If you make a mistake, don't chastise yourself but instead choose to learn from it. Ask yourself what you did wrong and what you could have done better.
A great way to keep track of your progress is to keep a diary to reflect on what you tried that day. Write down the skill you worked on, the situation that you used it in, the consequences, and whether you feel it was successful or not. You can go back and find strengths, patterns, and things to be worked on.
With a little hard work and learning, you can acquire professional skills.