College will provide you with the necessary content to teach your students. However, you need other essential skills that you will need in order to become a good teacher. These essential skills are normally referred to as ‘soft skills’. This article sheds some light on five essential skills that every teacher must have.

How Do You Manage Your Time?

Time management is one of the most important skills that every teacher must have. You will probably be teaching several units in one class or you might be teaching different units in different classes. Regardless of your workload, planning your time helps you have a healthy work and social life balance. Moreover, you need time management skills to make sure that you have quality classes. This skill is especially important when you are marking your students’ exams.

Communication Skills

How we communicate determines how successful we will be in life. This principle holds true in the teaching profession. While college was mostly about communicating through your writing, oral communication skills are necessary in the teaching profession. Poor communication skills result from fear of public speaking or lack of practice in the past. This can be easily remedied by practicing with friends or joining a Toastmasters club. Nevertheless, teaching for some time will improve your communication skills. Consistent improvement of this skill helps your students get the most out of your classes.

Working as a Team

Teaching students is a teamwork effort. It involves the coordination of the various efforts of the different players involved in the process. As a teacher, you have to have a positive working relationship with other teachers and your school’s administration. You also have to cultivate a positive relationship with the parents of your students. Thus, cultivating teamwork skills pays off in the end for your career and your students. If you have challenges when it comes to working in a team, getting advice from a career coach will improve this skill.

It is All About Emotional Intelligence

Several studies show that emotional intelligence is an important soft skill in most careers. Having a high emotional intelligence quotient not only improves your communication skills, it also makes you better at working with different people. There is no exact science when it comes to measuring emotional intelligence. The best indication of a high emotional intelligence quotient is how people react to you. Working on your overall character and values will help you improve your emotional intelligence skills.

Creativity Improves Teaching

Einstein is attributed to having pointed how important creativity is when it comes to the pursuit for knowledge. Good teachers know that monotony is not good for their classes. To avoid monotony and make your students more interested in your classes, teachers must infuse some creativity in their teaching. While the curriculum acts as a guide, you determine how to implement that curriculum during your classes. A sure way to make your classes more creative is to encourage the active participation of your students in creative ways.

By being more creative and working on your emotional intelligence, you will be able to improve your communication skills while managing your time. These skills will also play a role in enabling you to work as a team. Acquiring these skills gives you an opportunity to rise in the career ladder while improving the intellectual capabilities of your students.


There are two possible outcomes to a job interview, you might get a job offer or you will receive a letter of regret. Keeping this in mind helps you cope with any decision that comes your way when the interviewer(s) make a final decision regarding your candidacy.

When You Receive a Job Offer

If your interview went well and your employer offers you a job, you should definitely start celebrating. Landing a job is an achievement in itself. However, before updating all your social networking profiles about the good news, you first need to confirm what the job offer entails.

A job offer does not necessarily mean that you must accept the job. The offer is only a green light for you to negotiate the terms of your future employment. You can now bring up issues such as your salary on the table. Come up with a modest market rate figure as you are highly unlikely to land a six figure salary in your first job.

Money should not be your only focus in the negotiations leading up to the acceptance of the offer. Find out about the working hours, whether the employer provides health insurance, employer loans etc.

If you get several offers from different companies, you need to discuss with all the companies about the terms of your employment. It might be a good idea to have a solicitor read through the employment contract before you sign it. Send the other companies a written letter on why you rejected their offers.

On the day of signing your contract, read the job offer contract again to make sure that its terms are what you agreed with the employer. You can then sign the contract of employment.

Handling Rejection

Rejection is part of the process when you are looking for a job. Every successful person is rejected at a certain point in his or her life. That said, it is difficult to have your friends show off their job offers while you are only receiving regret letters in your mailbox.

After receiving a rejection letter, the first thing you need to do is analyze what went wrong. Some interviewers are always kind enough to give you reasons why your application did not go through. However, a majority of companies do not provide reasons considering the sheer numbers of applicants they reject.

With the findings of your analysis, work on improving any weaknesses in your job searching strategy. If you displayed a lack of confidence in the interview, constant practice will help you succeed in future interviews. If you had a weak CV, it might be a great time to get some coaching on how to write a great CV.

Concentrate on staying focused on getting yourself a job. If you had moved out of your parent’s home, you might have to go back or find a cheaper place to stay to contain the expenses now that you are still searching for a job.

While coping with rejection, keep applying to available job openings. Continue networking and updating your CV to help you stand out from the crowd and land an interview. Bottom line, the best way to handle reject is to accept that you might be rejected and know that it is not the end of the road for you. A better company might just have a better offer for you.