The Ten Soft Skills You Need
to Work in Education

See also: Teaching Skills

Working in the education sector can be a difficult task because you are dealing with a demographic that is not on the same maturity scale as you. As a result, you might find trying to get students to do their work more challenging than working with adults. Consequently, some educators prefer to work in a different sector as poor pay does not reap the benefits of being an educator.

However, many persevere and want to educate the next generation as they find this role fulfilling and more personal than working in an office. Teaching does have its challenges, but what job in this world doesn’t have challenges?

If you are looking to work in education, whether that be a career change or a career path you want to take, then the skills can be very similar to the ones you have now. So, what soft skills do you need to have to work in education?

1. Communication

This is key. Making sure you communicate what you want from your students is integral to how they will respond to your teaching. If you are unable to communicate clearly and effectively then students will turn off, meaning they will be less responsive to your teaching.

This is also the same when dealing with colleagues. Working in an educational setting means that you will have to deal with people at a similar level to you and it is vital that you communicate well with each other so that the needs of the students are met.

2. Teamwork

This leads to teamwork. If you are unable to work well with your colleagues, you will be fighting an uphill battle when trying to work in the education sector.

Not only should you be able to focus on teamwork with your colleagues, but you should also look to teamwork with the students. It is a two-way street and one that can be made harder if you lead a fully authoritative line. If you work with a student, you will see much better results from them.

3. Work ethic

Working in education, as stated, can be tough yet rewarding. You have to be focused all the time you are there and have to work hard to get results out of students. Not every student is the same, and it could require a different approach that could be out of your comfort zone, but applying that extra work could be exactly what you need to get what you want out of a student.

4. Leadership

Students and colleagues will look to you for guidance if you are specialised in a certain area or are a more experienced educator. It is your job to use those leadership skills and guide people along the way on their education journey or help them in terms of how to educate a certain student.

5. Adaptability

Sometimes in education, it is not plain sailing and you will have to reassess a certain situation. Some students respond to different teaching methods and, as an educator, you need to have all of them up your sleeve.

That adaptability will help you become the best educator you can be, and students will be more responsive if they can see you trying to teach them in different ways.

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6. Decision Making

Working in education means that you have to be quick and decisive with your decisions. Faltering over decisions can lead to many problems for students if you are unsure how you want a lesson to go, how you want a student to work or what you expect of a student during a lesson.

Decision-making is needed every single day with education settings often throwing up a different scenario or story each and every day. No day is ever the same in education, so it is important to make effective decisions.

7. Motivated

As stated, working in education can throw up so challenges. It can be hard for example when a student is not responding to how you are teaching so you have to use all the motivation skills you have to keep persevering with a student.

Motivating others can be hard but, when you are working with a student and you can see the progress they are making, the rewards are incredible.

8. Conflict resolution

You are certainly going to have conflict when it comes to students, no matter what age they are! Figuring out what the best resolution is for students in a fair and unbiased way is important to becoming a respected educator to students.

Knowing the techniques of conflict resolution and remaining impartial when an issue arises between two students is certainly important day to day in an education setting.

9. Rapport building

Just as resolving conflicts is important when building a relationship with students, if you are able to also build some rapport you will find educating a lot easier than if you did not. Learn to know what your students like, and dislike, and how they will respond to how you interact with them.

Building rapport with fellow colleagues is also important because knowing how a colleague works and what their likes and dislikes are can help you in the long run when you need to interact with them in the future.

10. Friendliness

The main thing students like about an educator is that they are friendly. Students will more likely seek out an educator who is friendly and want help from a teacher who is friendly.

By being friendly, you will get better results, a stronger work ethic from a student, and you will be able to support them with less resistance.

Friendliness also extends to colleagues because, as we all know, if we approach someone in a polite manner, we are more than likely going to get what we want compared to if we use an abrupt tone or manner.

About the Author

Phil is an educator in an independent school where he offers support to students with special educational needs. Having worked in the profession for eight years, he is able to offer advice and support for people wanting to work in the education sector.