When it comes to evaluation of soft skills to maintain your younger self, and a good relationship with your colleagues and clients, it is always important to take the advice from the leaders. It is not always your talent or flawless process of your work, or brilliantly simple and interactive user interfaces designed by you that brings the clients back.
No matter what it is, but it is always your people skills, or soft skills that define how good your designs are. It is how you interact and relate with the ones around you, that keep a lot more importance than your technical prowess or inborn talent.
That does not mean your skills wouldn’t get you in the door. But, at the end of the day, nobody cares whether your design has perfect pixels or your lines are flawlessly straight or there are perfect Bezier curves. All they want to see is whether it is relatable or not.
“Your daily interactions are far more important than
other interactions you create on the screen.”
There comes a time when a designer is no longer a newbie. He needs to figure out which are the skills that would help him go far in this faced paced world. No matter what, but ‘flexibility’ is the skill that goes for everyone.
By ‘flexibility’ I mean being adaptive to change, speed and trying out new things continuously even if they feel uncomfortable.
It also means you need to choose your path carefully. In the initial days of your professional career, just after passing the school, you would feel extremely passionate about the work and make a mark in the industry.
In this case, the candidate feels quite confident in their personal opinions, as well. But with due course of time, when they gain experience, their opinions are readily rejected again and again. They come across people who always disagree with their ideas.
That is when they learn when to put forth their ideas and when to back down.
It’s easier said than done, but that is where the following comes in:
Not being labelled it inflexible Diva is something no one likes. It is preposterous. There will always be someone more eager, smart and able than you. But, flexibility can be attained by anyone. It could keep you in the game and it is an easy-to-store weapon.
However, being flexible doesn’t mean giving up and saying ‘yes’ to everything that comes the way.
Flexibility is basically a soft skill which everyone should focus on, throughout their professional career. This skill helps you get more interactions you had never expected and they also value this collaboration.
Now the question arises, what are the other skills valued by the design leaders?
Here is the answer:
- Be Fearless:
It is obvious to feel intimidated in the initial stage of your career. Your seniors speak big words and use big acronyms. You always fear of what you don’t know. Most of us fear about delivering a presentation in front of people who are too old and experienced.
But that subsides with time. All you need is patience and attitude to grow. You need to actively take part in brainstorming sessions, throw ideas when required, keep upgrading yourself and always be curious to try out new things.
- Be Great at Time Management
No matter how good you are at coding or push in beautiful pixels, if you cannot prioritize things and execute them properly, it would not help in the long run.
If you speak to your younger self, you should teach how to meet deadlines on time, discipline and make efficient use of time. Moreover, learning how to be humble all the time is equally important. Nothing can replace true humility and a patient person with humble virtues can conquer almost everything.
- Keep An Open Design Mind
The designer should train their minds to readily capture ideas and retain them in their minds. They should not lose track during a long conversation with the clients.
When this is done, the designer’s skill blends with the incredible knowledge of the client and the output appears truly amazing. This also reveals how good they are at knowing their users.
- Be Curious to Learn Always
The most important skill every creative designer should learn is ‘Be a Learner’. No one ever has the answer to all the question in an industry that changes every day. So, the curiousness and ability to seek knowledge, information and resources all the time is what expected from a true designer.
- Learn to Take Charge
If you have an idea good enough to go, execute it. If you have an opinion, express it. Never wait for someone’s permission or wait for someone to ask. You should also not expect someone else to do it for you. You never know, your suggestion might be the best.