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Problem-solving abilities are connected to a number of other skills, including: Identifying a problem is often the kernel for a new business or product idea – and, as such, problem solving is an essential ingredient of entrepreneurialism. Some graduate careers revolve around finding solutions – for example, engineering, management consulting, scientific research and technology.
Graduates in other careers, meanwhile, will be expected to solve problems that crop up in the course of their jobs: for example, trainee managers should deal with operational problems (such as delays in the supply chain) or resolve conflict between team members.
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Games such as Sudoku and chess can also strengthen your ability to think strategically and creatively.
Any candidate, no matter how high-flying, may be thrown by undertaking an online test or attending an assessment centre for the first time, so do everything you can to practise beforehand.
Problem solving - in particular creative problem solving (CPS) - is a key skill in learning how to accurately identify problems and their causes, generate potential solutions, and evaluate all the possibilities to arrive at a strong corrective course of action.
Every team in any organization, regardless of department or industry, needs to be effective, creative, and quick when solving problems.