Today you will explore your skills. What do you do well? There are different kinds of skills.
- Job skills are specific to an occupation, like filing or writing a report.
- Transferable skills are general work skills like the ability to use a computer program or attention to detail.
- Self management skills are personal qualities like being analytical or reliable.
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. There is a nice overview of the SCANS skills and competencies at Academic Innovations.
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?
The Skills Center at CareerOneStop is a great place to start identifying your skills. This Career Lab article shows how to describe your accomplishments with specific examples. Learn more about assessing your skills at Develop Work Skills.
- Discover your heroes
- Identify your strengths
- Explore your skills
- Examine your beliefs
- Look at your values
- Develop a mission statement
- Learn about your personality and interests
- Think about your talents and dreams
- Tell your story
- Express yourself