Working with Others

What does working with others mean?

Working with others is the ability to effectively interact, cooperate, collaborate and manage conflicts with other people in order to complete tasks and achieve shared goals.

Why is being able to work with others important?


It brings new ideas.  Businesses need new, fresh ideas to succeed in the competitive world.  You have a unique perspective to bring to the table which will benefit the business overall.  Businesses thrive when they have a diverse team of people who can contribute individual ideas.

Problem Solving

Teamwork helps to solve problems.  Collaboration within a group can help to solve difficult problems.  Brainstorming is a good opportunity for the team to exchange ideas ad come up with creative ways of doing things.  By working together, teams can find the solutions that work best.

Trust and Support or Teamwork

It's supportive.  Teamwork creates a system to ensure that deadlines are met and that there's high quality work.  When one team member falls behind, there's another to pick up the pieces.  You can share the load and your team will develop a sense of camaraderie as you work toward a common goal.

Teamwork builds morale.  You will feel that your work is valued when you contribute to something that produces results.  Each team member has something to offer.  By working together, members of a team feel a strong sense of belonging and deep commitment to each other and the common goal.


Being able to work with others is important in order to collaborate in team activities and to get on with the rest of your group, to help produce the end task successfully.

Knowledge and Growth

Working with others can hep expand your knowledge and skillset, by picking up ideas from others.

Productivity and Results

Working as a team can help you be more productive, as you can focus on less tasks if they are spit among the group.


Working with others can improve your communication skills, as you need to talk to the rest of the group to be successful. 

How can I improve my working with others skills?

You can develop your working with others skills in school and through extra-curricular activities such as:

Some of these suggestions are already run in school so if interested, speak to a member of staff for more details.

What jobs require you to work with others?

Many jobs require you to work with other people at some point whether that be as part of a team or directly supporting others:

Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care

Farmers need to work with other farmers/suppliers or sellers to  sell the crops they grow and make a profit.

Art, Media and Publishing

Graphic designers, product designers, interior designers, animators, photographers and many other design roles involve client interaction as well as teamwork.  Wedding photographers work closely with people in many ways through their job from advertising their business in person at wedding fairs to secure bookings, meeting clients on a one-to-one basis to gauge their expectations, working with other wedding suppliers on the day and directing family members and guests of all ages to get ensure they capture the perfect images.

Business, Administration and Law

Solicitors, paralegals, barristers, legal clerks

Construction and Planning

Construction workers will need to work as a team to do construction projects efficiently, and they will need to work with their customer to know what they want.

Education and Training

Sports coaches often work in teams and need to work together to deliver their program effectively. Teachers also need to work together with other staff/their pupils to deliver education.

Health, Public Services and Care

Healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses, clinicians, physicians, midwives, technicians and as well as many other medical roles, work closely to provide the best care for their patients.  Working with others utilising skills such as collaboration, problem solving, trust and communication is vital to ensure a person's successful recovery.  

Police, ambulance and fire and rescue services all work within teams to achieve their goals.  They also work closely with the public so must be skilled in effective communication (empathy)

Information Technology

Many websites are coded by more than one person; therefore, they need to work together to decide what they want to include in their project. 

Manufacturing and Production

This industry often includes many different processes with different people in charge of each one. This means the team will need to work well together to get things manufactured.l

Sales, Hospitality and Services

People in this industry will need to work together as a team and with customers to ensure its what they want. 

Science, Engineering and Mathematics

Engineers will need to work well together to make sure their projects are done safely and effectively. 

Transportation and Warehousing

Transport workers will need to work well together with suppliers and the people they are delivering stock too, in order to ensure the goods arrive on time and up to standard. 

Further information

If you would like to find out more about your career options and growth sectors in Aberdeen and Scotland, click here:

Use the links below to find out more about which careers might be right for you:

North East Scotland College (NESCol)

University of Aberdeen (UOA)

Robert Gordon University (RGU)

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)

Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS)