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Skills and Personal Qualities

What Employers Want?
No matter what field of professional work, employers generally want employees who have:

  • good academic results
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • analytical skills
  • leadership skills
  • teamwork skills

and who are:

  • flexible
  • highly motivated
  • reliable

Self Assessment
To work out what sort of career might suit you, you need to assess yourself honestly. You need to ask yourself:

  • What do I do well?
  • What do I do badly?
  • What professional job would I be good at, and why?
  • What kinds of things would I like in a career?
  • Do I like organising things?
  • Am I a leader or a follower?
  • Do I like being in a group, or doing things by myself?
  • Do I want an action-packed life?
  • Do I prefer doing many things at the same time, or focusing on one thing at a time?

Now ask a couple of close friends those same questions about you, and see if they come up with the same answers.

Skills Assessment
A skill is the ability to do something consistently well. Some skills are specific, like technical or work skills (reading a spreadsheet or giving an injection). Others are transferable, which means they can be used in a range of jobs (problem solving or keyboard skills). Skills can be developed, so if you have a weakness, practicing will strengthen it. Then ask yourself:

  • what transferable skills do I already have?
  • what specific skills do I already have?
  • what professional jobs need those skills?

Once you have assessed your personal qualities and skills, you can then assess what knowledge and skills you need in jobs that you are interested in, and which USP qualification can bridge that gap.

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