Gotta catch 'em all!: which skills will you evolve in your apprenticeship?

14 July, 2016

Unless you live under a rock you’ll probably know that Pokémon Go is all everyone is talking about and today is the day it came out officially via the app store. So, what better opportunity for a Pokémon themed blog article?

You may be wondering, how does this possibly relate to an apprenticeship? Pokémon, just like apprentices are ever evolving and believe it or not share some similar skills and just like in Pokémon you really ‘gotta catch 'em all!’. These skills will be your foundations in the work place and you’ll be able to transfer them to any other working environment – this is known as transferable skills. Transferable skills are important because they show employers that although you may not have the full experience or skill set they’re looking for you do possess soft skills that make you adaptable and able to progress in their work place.

So, that’s enough about all the boring stuff; let’s get to the fun part – Pokémon!

Skill: Team Work

Chansey understands all about teamwork. It is said to be a kindly compassionate Pokémon that lays highly nutritious eggs and shares them with injured Pokémon or people – now that’s some serious teamwork! It is said to bring happiness to those who manage to get it.

Teamwork is an important skill that you should pick up from the get go in your apprenticeship. Interacting with your workmates is very important for the development of your communication, negotiation and confidence. When you are part of a team you should understand the importance of adding and not just taking. Helping out your other team members will be rewarding and having others to lean on when you need support is very comforting.

So basically – be like Chansey (minus the laying eggs part).

Skill: Time Management

Time management is pretty crucial to Oddish, during the day, it keeps its face buried in the ground. At night, it wanders around sowing its seeds. It needs to buried in the day so that it can absorb nutrients from the ground using its entire body. It roams far and wide at night to scatter its seeds walking nearly 1,000 feet on its two roots.

Just like Oddish, you’ll need to manage your time wisely. Juggling all the different tasks at work, as well as studying in tandem, will quickly hone your time-management skills.

Skill: Communication

Starmie is an interesting one, its central core (which some people believe to be a gem) glows with the seven colours of the rainbow. It is believed to be communicating when it glows in 7 colours - sending mysterious radio signals into the night sky.

In your role as an apprentice you’ll also need to develop your communication skills. You’ll have plenty of chances as you talk to team mates, handle customers (in person and over the phone) and whilst you’re learning the general do’s and don’ts of a working environment.

Skill: Organisation

This is a Pokémon that can memorize anything. It never forgets what it learns--that's why this Pokémon is smart! Its brain can outperform a supercomputer. Its intelligence quotient (IQ) is said to be 5,000.

Now you may not have a 5,000 IQ but working as an apprentice in a busy office environment will help you develop organisational skills. You will learn to prioritise and manage your workload effectively – a skill you will use in every job moving forwards.  

Skill: Working under pressure

Mew takes working under pressure to a whole new level. It is an extremely rare Pokémon (some people believe the ancestor) that can use all kinds of moves; this is due to it containing the genetic codes of all Pokémon. Pretty cool… yep!

As an apprentice you are still given responsibility; and with that will come some pressure to perform. Using all the above skills this article has mentioned (and more) you will learn to cope and manage this pressure. But remember, if you ever feel too under pressure you can always have a chat to your employers or your apprenticeships assessors.

So there you have it, 5 pretty cool Pokémon with 5 awesome skills that you yourself will need to develop for you career. Just whatever you do don’t take after a Slowpoke!

Skill: Incredibly slow and sluggish. It is quite content to loll about without worrying about the time.

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