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Ask yourself which Essential Skills you need to strengthen.

Succeeding in Construction - What’s next?

You have a job in the construction industry. That’s great. Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about various basic things to keep in mind as you are working your first week or so job in construction. But what comes after that?

As you are carrying out the various tasks involved in your job, think about the longer term skills that you need to work on. You most probably have some or many of these skills already. So ask yourself which skills you need to strengthen. Here is a list of Essential Skills you need for your career in construction.
  • Continuous Learning – Improving your skills and knowledge on a regular ongoing basis
  • Decision Making – Making a choice among options
  • Digital Technology: Using computer applications or technical tools to operate machinery or to input/extract information
  • Document Use – Reading and interpreting documents to extract information
  • Job Task Planning and Organizing – Working independently to plan and organize daily tasks
  • Numeracy – Working with numbers to perform calculations
  • Oral Communication – Conveying or exchanging information verbally
  • Problem Solving – Coming up with solutions to challenges
  • Reading Text – Reading various types of documents of varying complexity
  • Significant Use of Memory – Performing tasks that call upon greater memory use than most jobs
  • Thinking Skills – Finding and evaluating information to make decisions, solve problems, plan and organize job tasks
  • Working with Others – Interacting with co-workers to get the job done
  • Writing – Got an idea? Get it down on paper
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