01/9Ladies, master these professional skills by the age of 40

Ladies, master these professional skills by the age of 40

In a society like ours, the one thing that always comes to any working woman's mind is to strive in her role at her job. And while it may not be as simple as we think, there are certain expectations we need to set to be able to make improvements in the way we work. There will always be certain skills that need to be mastered and will take time. But all these things apart, here are a few skills that you should be able to master by the time you turn 40. And if you don't, that's okay; the point is to try anyway.


02/9Learn to mediate

Learn to mediate

It's always essential to know how to effectively communicate an issue. No matter how smoothly things go in the office, there are going to be certain conflicts that arise. Rather than heading to the HR every single time, it would be best that you learn to mediate a conflict. Not only will this maintain the peace at the office but it will also show younger employees that communication can get things done.


03/9Make a strong portfolio

Make a strong portfolio

Ensure that the work you've done and the accomplishments you've achieved reflect on your portfolio. And this isn't something that you should just update on your online profiles, you also need to have it on print and in a systemised file. If you can take things up a notch and create your own webpage, that should do wonders for you.


04/9Learn to say no

Learn to say no

While at first, it might seem impossible but with age, you'll come to realise which tasks you need to complete and which tasks aren't as important and can be delegated to others. So, learn to say no when something that you're not supposed to be doing is asked of you. By this point, you've earned that right.


05/9Figure out your strongest asset

Figure out your strongest asset

It's a different thing when you don't know what your strongest asset is at the age of 25. However, as you grow older, it's best to start trying to figure out what it is that you're best at. Are you a great team member? Do you have amazing people skills? Do you nail meetings? Try and figure out what works best for you and make an effort to hone your skills.


06/9What your biggest weakness is

What your biggest weakness is

No one is perfect and no one can possibly be the perfect employee. The same goes for you. While you may have amazing people skills, you might also tend to get frustrated easily. Or while you may be really good at working in teams, you might not be able to ideate that easily on your own. So, figure out what your weakness is and work on ways to combat it.


07/9Learn from your mistakes

Learn from your mistakes

Like we mentioned earlier, nobody is perfect. You are bound to make at least a few mistakes when you're at work. But if there's one quality that everyone admires, it's the quality of being honest. So, learn to admit to your mistakes and also figure out how to learn from them so that you don't repeat such errors in the future.


08/9Learn to take constructive criticism

Learn to take constructive criticism

It's understood that taking criticism at the beginning of your career might seem like an impossible task, however, by the time you're 40 you should learn to put your pride aside and listen to what people have to say about your work. Sometimes, people only want you to be able to do your best which is why they tell you how you could improve your skills.


09/9Learn to delegate

Learn to delegate

Often we end up doing everything ourselves because we think that our colleagues might not be up to the tasks. However, what you need to understand is that at this rate you will start experiencing a burnout. So, remember that not everything is your job and you need to delegate work accordingly so that there's equal responsibility for everyone.