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IDENTIFYING YOUR SKILLS

"It's not just your degree - it's what else you've got that counts."

Increasingly employers are putting emphasis on the skills that you are able to bring into employment.

They are looking for two types of skill:
  1. Transferable skills
  2. Specialist or technical skills
   
Transferable skills:
arrow The key skills required are
arrow People skills
arrow Communication skills
arrow Team skills
arrow Time management
arrow Problem solving
arrow Organising/planning skills
arrow Numeracy
arrow Adaptability
arrow Most employers are also looking for IT skills
   
Technical skills:
arrow These are often specialist skills which you will be developing in your degree studies - for example financial, scientific, research or IT skills.
arrow Awareness of the skills you have to offer is essential for realistic career planning, and for positive self-marketing.
   
You have developed a portfolio of skills from
arrow your education
arrow your experience of work
arrow your personal life

You must be able to demonstrate that you have these skills, by giving examples. Additional skills You will almost certainly have developed extra skills in relation to your disability. You may have experience of employing someone to help you, for example by taking notes. You may have developed great skills in problem solving.

Click here for further examples of additional skills.

Further help on identifying your skills is available through:
arrow Your Careers Service
  Seminars or workshops
  One-to-one discussion with your careers adviser
  Prospects modular careers guidance programme
     
arrow Written resources
    AGCAS booklet
    Your Degree - What Next?
    Hopson & Scally
    Build Your Own Rainbow
    R N Bolles
    What Color is Your Parachute?
     
arrow Web sites
  bullet www.prospects.csu.ac.uk
  bullet www.gti.co.uk
  bullet www.nrec.org.uk/employability/startup.htm
  bullet www.uclan.ac.uk/dfee/career1.htm

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