Exploring Skills: Part Three of Discover U

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Self-assessment includes exploring your skills. What do you do well? There are different kinds of skills.

  1. Job skills are specific to an occupation, like special computer software or reading blueprints.
  2. Transferable skills are general work skills like the ability to use a computer program or writing a report.
  3. Self management skills are personal qualities like being analytical or reliable.

There are also Work Skills like customer service and meetings, Soft Skills like communication and working with others, Computer Skills like word processing and email, and Life Skills like goal setting and time management. See The Work Skills Toolkit for more information.

The Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) identified skills needed for success in the world of work.

Look at your work experience and list the different skills you have used. You can look at it two ways:

  1. Specific to general: what job duties were performed? what projects were accomplished? What transferable skils and self-management skills were demonstrated? or
  2. General to specific: How have you demonstrated self-management and transferable skills in your work?

TOOLS –

The Brand and Purpose Toolkit includes links to a self-assessment form and tools for exploring skills at List.ly.

The Skills Center at CareerOneStop is a great place to start identifying your skills. When you know your skills, you can match them to careers.

This Career Lab article shows how to describe your accomplishments with specific examples. Learn more about assessing your skills at Develop Work Skills.

Discover U in Ten Steps

  1. Discover your heroes
  2. Identify your strengths
  3. Explore your skills
  4. Examine your beliefs
  5. Look at your values
  6. Develop a mission statement
  7. Learn about your personality and interests
  8. Think about your talents and dreams
  9. Tell your story
  10. Express yourself

Brand and Purpose Toolkit at Resources

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