A List Of Personal Skills

What are you good at and what skills do you enjoy using?

When you are exploring a career change, having a list of personal skills can be a great help.
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Knowing what you are good at is an essential step in identifying the right career, but it can be quite hard to work this out for yourself.

Don't worry, help is at hand.

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I have created a list of personal skills below which you can read through and review in two key ways:

  1. assess and rate the skills you think you have

  2. assess and rate the skills you really enjoy using

These two steps are important, because when you are exploring new career ideas you should be looking at the things you are good at and that you really enjoy. Many of us develop skills over the years because we have to, but these may not be the ones that you take pleasure in exercising.

For example, over the years I have got to be quite competent at using a computer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I will want a job where I have to use or develop a high level of IT skills.

What matters is that when you are doing a personal skills audit, you use the two ratings together to get a real sense of what skills will be the most significant in your new career.

A List of Personal Skills

Skills can be grouped in different ways. You will see that I here, have broken the list down into four types of skills...

  • People

  • Data and Information

  • Things and Tools

  • Creativity and Ideas

You may find it helpful to see if your skills fall more in one area than another. This could give you another clue about the direction for your career change.

Scan through this list of abilities and skills – it is a long one! You might find it easier if you print out this page so you can sit back and do this exercise in comfort. Be sure to take your time over it.

For each skill, give yourself a rating on a 1- 4 scale

a) on how competent you are at this skill and
b) on how much you enjoy using this particular skill.

Highlight the skills where you have rated highly on both factors.

You should also look carefully at the skills you rated highly for enjoyment. Are these connected to activities that you want to make sure play a bigger part in your new career?

You should end up with a list of personal skills relevant to your career change plans.

Here's the list...

A List Of Personal Skills

People Data and Information
AdvisingAnalysing information and data
Adjusting communication styleApplying statistical analysis
Advocating for peopleAuditing records
Anticipating people's needs and reactionsAttending to detail
Appreciating othersBeing thorough
Being patientBudgeting
Building relationshipsCalculating
Caring for peopleChecking for accuracy
Conducting meetingsClassifying and sorting data
Conflict managementComparing and evaluating information
Coaching and mentoringCompiling numerical and statistical data
Debating ideas with othersCoordinating and presenting information
DelegatingCreating efficient systems
Demonstrating empathyCreating implementation guidelines
Developing people’s abilitiesDeveloping plans and setting objectives
Developing rapport easilyEditing and proofreading written material
Directing othersEnsuring completion of tasks
Explaining things Evaluating information
Expressing opinions without offendingFollowing procedures and instructions
Facilitating groupsForecasting, estimating expenses and income
Facilitating self-awareness in othersGathering information from varied sources
Helping othersGetting things right
Influencing othersHaving an eye for detail
Interviewing people to get informationIdentifying and organising tasks or information
LeadingFinding appropriate information sources
ListeningInterpreting plans & diagrams
Managing peopleKeeping financial records
Motivating peopleManipulating numbers rapidly
Open minded & non-judgementalOrganising and improving systems
Participating in group discussionsPatiently searching for hard-to-find information
PersuadingPresenting data diagrammatically
Providing service to othersProblem solving
Public speakingRecording facts
Responding to non-verbal cuesResearching
Showing sensitivity and toleranceSequencing information and actions
Supervising othersSetting up and keeping to time schedules
Teaching and trainingStudying data to extract facts
Working well in a teamTracking progress of projects
Working well with the public Using technology for statistical analysis

Things and Tools Creativity and Ideas
Analysing and correcting faultsActing and/or dancing
Assembling thingsAdapting flexibly and easily/td>
Building thingsBrainstorming
Constructing self assembly itemsCommunicating using metaphor
Driving and operating vehiclesComposing music
Finding out how things workConveying ideas through drawing or painting
Fixing or repairing thingsCreating novel solutions
Gardening and farmingDesigning building and interiors
Hand-eye co-ordinationDesigning new processes and systems
Handling things with precisionDeveloping others’ ideas
Inspecting equipment and machineryExpressing ideas through art
Installing technical equipmentGraphic design
Making thingsImprovising
Manual dexterityInnovating
Monitoring systemsInsight
Physical strength & staminaIntuiting strategies and solutions
Physically inspecting thingsInventing products and processes
Raising, training, tending animalsLateral thinking
Repairing machines and equipmentPhotography
Restoring objectsSeeing alternatives
Sporting abilitySeeing things from different perspectives
Tending plantsShowing artistic flair
Understanding machineryStrategic thinking
Using hand toolsUsing accurate spatial memory
Using scientific or medical equipmentUsing colour, shape and form creatively
Using spatial awareness for practical tasksUsing imagination
Using technical equipment and machineryUtilising computers for artistic creations
Utilising computer software and equipmentVisualising concepts and possibilities
Working physicallyWriting creatively

Phew! That was quite a list! How did you get on?

What did you find?

Once you have been through it carefully you will have a better idea which will be the best new career skills for you to focus on when you change careers.

Did you notice if your best/favourite skills fell into a particular category - People, Data, Things or Ideas? What does that tell you about your career choice?

Make a note of what you have learned about your skills in your Career Change Project File. A list of personal skills will add to the understanding you have of yourself and this will help you to work out your new career direction.

Why not continue exploring what makes you tick to help you with your Career Change Project?

You can look at...

Your Values - Your Interests - Your Personality - Your Achievements

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