There is often confusion about what it means to use the skill of creativity. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying: ‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’ (Spoiler… there is no evidence that he did say this, but hey it is a good quote!) and what we take from that is that creativity refers to a process happening within the mind, it’s not necessarily being an artist or working in creative arts. We each use our creativity skills day-to-day and technicians across all sectors and industries must bring creativity to their role if they are to succeed.
On the Skills Builder Framework, creativity is described as: ‘The complement to problem solving and is about generating innovations or ideas which can then be honed through the problem-solving process.’ At Technicians Make it Happen, we often talk with technicians who describe their job as ‘creative problem-solving’, so it’s no surprise that these skills go hand-in-hand.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou
Baldeep is one technician who has seen his natural creativity and his willingness to continue to develop and finesse this skill help him to further his career very quickly. On each step of his career journey to Design Engineer with cutting-edge firm Reaction Engines, Baldeep has taken a creative approach to making improvements and identifying new ways to solve problems. When using your creativity skills, you may not come up with the right answer straightway; creativity is an iterative process. As Baldeep says:
“If you can think ‘it’s not the end of the world if I break something because I’ll find a way of putting it back together’ then that is a really good start!”
Technicians across many sectors are expected to be highly skilled at generating ideas, suggesting and making improvements to products and services, and pulling together a number of concepts when confronted with a challenge. If this sounds like the sort of thing that you think you could excel at, there is likely a technician career out there that is right for you.
Go to The Skills Builder Universal Framework for more support on developing essential skills such as creativity.