The most valuable skill you can have (in my opinion) is to be ‘enterprising’. Developing creative solutions to complete tasks in an innovative manner that is more useful, relevant and productive to the way it was done previously.

This is one of the most valuable skills that you can have in your graduate career portfolio. Organisations favour graduates for their creative thinking, innovative solutions and ability to create something new. Those are all enterprising skills. But is it something you naturally possess or something you will have to develop?

Let’s explore what I mean a bit further by the word/phrase ‘enterprising’ by looking at the definition:

enterprising [ˈɛntəˌpraɪzɪŋ]  adj

ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative

enterprisingly  adv
Ref: Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged
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Other words associated are adventurous, ambitious and energetic. How do you fit this label? It’s time to start thinking about how your experiences match up to these categories and when you apply for that dream job you can demonstrate just how enterprising you are. If you are not sure then ask for some feedback from friends and colleagues and observe others to see how your enterprising characteristics compare.

Business leaders are great role models and if you look at Chief Executives of leading large successful businesses they all have enterprising characteristics, willing to take risks, push the boundaries and try something different. How can you learn from these role-models?

My challenge to take some time today to reflect and observe yourself as an enterprising individual. Your challenge tomorrow is to challenge your imagination and skills by pushing your career forwards to become a must have enterprising employee.


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