Discover your skills

Are you looking to kick-start your career or breathe some new life into your existing one? A skills assessment is an ideal place to start because it will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses, it could also give you a better idea of the type of job and employer that would suit you best.

Begin by asking yourself what you excel at and the skills you enjoy using, then identify how you have demonstrated each of the skills. As well as computing and numeracy skills, also consider: your literacy skills, how well you cope with change, team working, time management, problem solving, communication skills, your ability to keep yourself and others motivated, decision making skills, whether you’re a good negotiator and your leadership skills. To help get you started, here are some questions you could ask yourself:

  • Do you find it easy to express yourself in writing?
  • Do you consider yourself to be articulate?
  • Do you consider yourself to be a good organiser?
  • Do you enjoy taking responsibility?
  • Do you motivate yourself and your colleagues?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a group?
  • Do you find it easy to manage your time?
  • Do you find it easy to meet deadlines?
  • Do you usually achieve your goals?

Try the online skills assessment available at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk. This general skills health check is more suitable for people looking to start their careers than those who want to develop the career they already have. But if you’re struggling to come up with a comprehensive list of your skills, it may give you lots of useful ideas. If you discover areas you lack skills in, consider how you could develop those skills if they’re important for your career development.