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Top 12 Skills for a Successful Career in the Public Sector

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Want to carve out a career in the public sector? Watch this presentation to see just what skills you'll need to get ahead.

Oxbridge Academy has a range of Public Sector Management and Finances courses that will teach you some of the top skills you'll need to succeed.

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Top 12 Skills for a Successful Career in the Public Sector

  1. 1. SKILLS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR TOP12
  2. 2. To help you prepare for a shining career in the public sector,
  3. 3. To help you prepare for a shining career in the public sector, Oxbridge Academyhas put together this list of essential skills that you’ll need to succeed:
  4. 4. 1Excellent organisational skills
  5. 5. Having the ability to work on a range of different projects at the same time is a very valuable skill.
  6. 6. Having the ability to work on a range of different projects at the same time is a very valuable skill. Moreover, working in the public sector often requires you to keep all the admin up-to- date while properly documenting all tasks.
  7. 7. Communication skills 2
  8. 8. Working in the public sector often means working with people. Great communication skills, and conflict resolution skills, are thus important.
  9. 9. Working in the public sector often means working with people. Great communication skills, and conflict resolution skills, are thus important. In South Africa, being able to work and communicate with people from different backgrounds (often speaking different languages), is also very important.
  10. 10. Click on the button below to learn more about effective communication skills:
  11. 11. Knowledge of administrative law 3
  12. 12. Working in the public sector means working within the bounds of legislation, laws, and official procedures.
  13. 13. Working in the public sector means working within the bounds of legislation, laws, and official procedures. The more knowledge you have of these, the easier it will become to secure important promotions and start building a career.
  14. 14. 4 Sturdy leadership skills
  15. 15. Anyone can be a leader, because there is a type of leadership to fit every personality:
  16. 16. Anyone can be a leader, because there is a type of leadership to fit every personality: Charismatic leaders gather followers through their personality and charm. Participative leaders lead by involving everyone in decision making. Transactional leaders are good at setting out structures, routines, and rewards for others. Situational leaders adapt their leadership style to the needs of the situation.
  17. 17. Why not start developing your leadership skills?
  18. 18. 5 Good teamwork skills
  19. 19. Being a good team member, and getting along with others, is a highly prized quality.
  20. 20. Being a good team member, and getting along with others, is a highly prized quality. And remember: if the team succeeds, you succeed!
  21. 21. Problem solving skills 6
  22. 22. Work in the public sector is often filled with frustrating issues that need resolving.
  23. 23. Being able to solve problems in the most practical, cost-effective manner will get you noticed quickly. Work in the public sector is often filled with frustrating issues that need resolving.
  24. 24. Click on the button below to learn more about problem solving skills:
  25. 25. Decision-making skills 7
  26. 26. ‘Uhm’-ing, and ‘ahh’-ing is bad. Decisive decision-making is the way to go.
  27. 27. ‘Uhm’-ing, and ‘ahh’-ing is bad. Decisive decision-making is the way to go. To get ahead in the public sector, confident and intelligent decision-making is necessary. People who always try to pass the difficult decisions on to others will never get ahead.
  28. 28. Management skills 8
  29. 29. Management skills will help you get promoted internally to managerial positions, enabling you to build a prestigious career.
  30. 30. Management skills will help you get promoted internally to managerial positions, enabling you to build a prestigious career. Oxbridge Academy offers a range of Public Sector Management Courses that can help you to develop these skills:
  31. 31. Management skills will help you get promoted internally to managerial positions, enabling you to build a prestigious career. Oxbridge Academy offers a range of Public Sector Management Courses that can help you to develop these skills: http://oxbridgeacademy.co.za/courses/public-sector/
  32. 32. 9 Computer skills
  33. 33. Computer skills for public sector work includes basic skills like: Word processing, spreadsheets, internet, & email And advanced skills like: Databases, statistics, & management systems.
  34. 34. Computer skills for public sector work includes basic skills like: Word processing, spreadsheets, internet, & email And advanced skills like: Databases, statistics, & management systems. The Department of Higher Education and Training listed computer skills as one of the top scarce skills in the public sector in 2014.
  35. 35. 10Financial knowledge
  36. 36. Irregular and wasteful expenditure is one of the public sector’s biggest problems.
  37. 37. Irregular and wasteful expenditure is one of the public sector’s biggest problems. This is often due to non-financial personnel who can’t spot irregularities because they don’t understand financial statements and jargon. So learn a bit about finances and set yourself apart!
  38. 38. 11Project Management Skills
  39. 39. Gaining project management skills is perfect for building a career in the public sector.
  40. 40. Gaining project management skills is perfect for building a career in the public sector. You will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of program design and planning. Conduct policy planning. Understand system analysis and design. Understand how to implement projects specific to geographic areas.
  41. 41. Want to learn more about what makes a successful project manager?
  42. 42. 12Innovativeness
  43. 43. Being a go-getter is important. Skills associated with innovativeness are:
  44. 44. Being a go-getter is important. Skills associated with innovativeness are: Entrepreneurship Creativity Ability to manage change Attentiveness to details Adeptness at framing issues
  45. 45. Part of being innovative also lies in gathering new skills and using them to the best of your best ability.
  46. 46. Part of being innovative also lies in gathering new skills and using them to the best of your best ability. Relevant skills include: Organisational Skills, Communication Skills, Administrative Knowledge, Leadership Skills, Teamwork Skills, Problem Solving, Decision-making, Management Skills, Computer Skills, or Financial Knowledge
  47. 47. Oxbridge Academy’s Public Sector Courses are designed to give students the right skills for building their careers.
  48. 48. We have a wide range of Public Sector Management courses, including short courses, certificate courses, and N4-6 courses
  49. 49. We have a wide range of Public Sector Management courses, including short courses, certificate courses, and N4-6 courses You can click on the button below to see them all, and find out which range of skills each will teach you: http://oxbridgeacademy.co.za/courses/public-sector/

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