Choosing a Career - Activity #4

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Do You Know Your Skills?

Many employers are looking for skilled employees who are able to contribute to their organization. You need to know what skills you possess and be able to talk about how you have used them when asked about them in an interview.

 

So how do you know your skills?

Step 1: First understand the meaning of skill.

Is it being able to use a computer? Organize an event? Sell a product? Yes, these are all technical skills.

There are non-technical skills such as communication or interpersonal skills that we use every day.

Step 2: You must acknowledge that all of your experiences are valuable.

This means your paid summer job; part time job, extracurricular activities, and volunteer jobs are all part of your experience. The reality for many young people is that there are a limited number of jobs in any career field; therefore you need to use all of your of your experiences from volunteering, placement jobs, summer student and part time positions to promote yourself when communicating to employer. While you are learning about your skills you may want to ask yourself, “Are these the skills I want to use and develop in a career?”

Step 3: A third step is a self-assessment of your skills and experience.

Once you have done this you can begin self marketing.

So for example in school, you may have taken courses, completed projects, worked in a team, written thesis and done presentations

Previous jobs: Summer, Part-Time and full time you may have been involved in extra-curricular activates, volunteered with other team members, spent time on hobbies and helped people.


Identify your skills

Organizational/communication/ supervisory/computer literacy/ analytical/ graphic design/ teaching/ problem solving/ accounting/ scheduling/creative writing


Generate a list of possible careers

Following is an example of how to combine skills to create career options:
Communication skills + creative + organizational skills= Teaching/public Relations

Administrative skills + budgeting + supervisory skills= Business/Management

Drafting + trouble shooting + investigation skills = Engineering/ Technician


Top ten transferable skills employers look for

o Analytical/problem solving skills
o Flexibility/versatility
o Interpersonal skills
o Oral/written communication skills
o Organizational/planning skills
o Time management
o Leadership qualities
o Initiative