EY Career Advice: Develop your skills

As the working world changes, so do the skills employers need from their people. The good news? You’re already using them. Here are five of the most important ones EY are looking for – along with tips for how you can develop them.

1. Creativity

Creativity means being able to think differently and bring fresh ideas to the table. People who are able to communicate and present their ideas in creative ways. Those who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and see a way to make the world work better.

Here are five ways to develop your own creativity:

  • Always keep an open mind.
  • Don't take things for granted.
  • Don't write sometime off as boring.
  • See learning as fun.
  • Watch and read widely.

For more useful ideas on how to boost your creativity, click here.

2. Cognitive Flexibility

Cognitive flexibility means having the skills to be able to multi-task, prioritise and remain adaptable in the face of change. As you develop in your career, you’ll find yourself constantly testing and learning new skills, while also balancing deadlines and priorities

How to improve your own cogntive flexibilty:

  • Look at your strengths.
  • Challenge your beliefs.
  • Shake up your usual routine.

Discover even more methods here.

3. Collaboration 

The defiintion of collaboration means being able to communicate and work with people from all types of background. Building strong relationships and networks is key to delivering better outcomes. It means being flexible and accommodating in your style, especially in how you communicate ­– both in person and using technology.

Below are EY's tips for excellent collaboration skills:

  • Have clear goals and roles.
  • Be a contributor (and let others contribute too).
  • Be aware of different styles and preferences.
  • Email less, talk more.

Click here to read more of their top tips.

4. Complex Problem Solving

The ability to solve complex problems involves being able to examine large sets of information or a difficult situation and show accuracy and sound judgement in choosing a response. Understanding what is and isn’t important through objective critical thinking, it's a skill that will help you make better decisions at work and in your personal life.

Here is EY's process to tackling complex problems:

  • Step 1: Define - What IS my problem?

  • Step 2: Refine - Can I be more specific?

  • Step 3: Dig deeper - What don't I know?

  • Step 4: Interpreting information - What does that all mean?

If you would like to find out about each step in more detail click here.

5. Emotional Intelligence

Having emotional intelligence means being self-aware, being able to show empathy and see things from other peoples' points of view. It means you can adapt and flex your style and approach, whilst remaining resilient and calm in the face of pressure and change.

Read here the five pillars of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and people skills. What are they – and what do they mean for you?

Find out more about EY and their opportunities right here.