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Staff Blog: Why Employers Love Enterprising Skills

Why employers love enterprising skills, by Lisa Van-Heereveld, Social Enterprise Coordinator

I’m Lisa and I’m the Social Enterprise Coordinator for Moving On Tyne and Wear. My role involves creating enterprising opportunities to help our participants develop hard and soft skills helpful to entering employment or self-employment.

In this blog post I’m going to talk about what enterprising skills are and how they can improve employability!

Why employers love enterprising skills

Did you know that work experience and track record aren’t the only things employers are looking for in your job application? Research shows that your overall approach to work and ability to fit into the culture of the workplace are increasingly important to prospective employers. After all, you can be the most qualified person in the world, but if your attitude is poor, it will be difficult to find a workplace fit. Positive and enthusiastic employees, on the other hand, can be taught how to do practical tasks on the job!

Enterprising skills are closely linked to attitude and mindset; so adopting an enterprising frame of mind by learning relevant skills may improve your chances of gaining employment.

So what are enterprising skills?

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be in business or economics to demonstrate enterprising skills!

Have you ever been stuck trying to reach customer services over the phone, and decided to send a personal letter instead? That in itself is a form of enterprise! You are showing resilience and creative problem-solving skills by trying to achieve your goal in a different way. You will also have learnt that certain communication types are more effective in certain cases — you have used an initial failure (not getting through over the phone) as an opportunity to learn.

Enterprising skills involve being resilient, creative, and positive, all of which help you to persevere and problem-solve. In addition to this, it is also important to be able to make decisions. Rather than writing a letter in the example above, you could have tried sending an email.

Having an enterprising mindset isn’t necessarily about spending time pondering which method is most effective. Instead, it’s about making a quick, calculated judgment and showing flexibility when working with the results. For example, if a written letter didn’t lead to a successful result, you could try another method until you achieve your result.

How does this relate to MOTW?

To help you to learn these skills and improve your employability, I am developing Moving On Tyne & Wear’s social enterprise programme!

The programme will encourage positive creativity, whilst teaching basic principles of economics. We are currently conducting market research to hear your views and areas of interest, ensuring that the programme will be relevant and fun. Activities might include upcycling donated materials by creating products to sell at a market — you wouldn’t need to be a master in crafting to join these activities, as it’s all about the skills learned along the way! Failure is a learning curve and learning to adapt creatively to situations is all part of the process.

Find out more

Keep an eye out on our website for more information about the social enterprise programme when it launches.

You can also contact me at lisa.van-heereveld@motw.org.uk for more information.

At the heart of this initiative is collaboration, so as well as conducting research with our participants, I’m also interested in hearing from other organisations looking to be involved in the initiative. If that’s you, please contact me via email using the details above.

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