Wondering which qualities you need to focus on when looking for work, or just eager to make employment as smooth as possible? Our career coach gives some advice.
Question: What’s more important, qualifications or being personable? Lucy, London
What a great question.
Do you need qualifications?
Some jobs very explicitly require qualifications. Think of pilots, doctors, scientists, accountants, or lawyers. In these jobs, you can’t make up for a lack of qualifications with a great personality. In fact you can’t even make up for a lack of qualifications with experience.
Formal qualifications are expected. These qualifications are rigorous and often enforced by a regulator.
Many jobs don’t require qualifications, but they are useful to advance your career and establish credibility.