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Your ability to identify key skills you have got may open you up to more career opportunities. It may also help you understand if you have a skill or knowledge gaps that should be addressed with further training.

What kinds of skills are there?

At work, you will mostly use a combination of following skills:

  • Employability skills
  • Transferable skills
  • Specialist skills

Employability skills

Skills, qualities and attitudes that employers say are essential for their workplace usually called Employability skills.

The skills are:

1. Positive attitude
2. Communication
3. Teamwork
4. Self-management
5. Willingness to learn
6. Thinking skills
7. Resilience

Transferable skills

A transferable skill would be one that you can use in a diverse kind of situations or jobs – you can transfer them from one function to another.

Examples include:

  • Ability to motivate and organise others
  • Ability to work with facts and figures
  • Communication skills: verbal and written
  • Accuracy
  • Good eye for detail

Specialist skills

Specialist skills normally relate to a particular job or group of jobs.

Examples could be:

  • Fluency in Latin or German
  • A heavy vehicle driver’s licence
  • Proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

Why you need to identify key skills

Knowing the skills you have will help you:

  • Determine what sort of job you might like to do
  • Select what areas you need to focus your study or training on
  • Create your CV when you are applying for jobs

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