When you are exploring a career change, having a list of personal skills can be a great help.
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.
I have created a list of personal skills below which you can read through and review in two key ways:
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.
Skills can be grouped in different ways. You will see that I here, have broken the list down into four types of skills...
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.
A List Of Personal Skills
|People||Data and Information|
|Advising||Analysing information and data|
|Adjusting communication style||Applying statistical analysis|
|Advocating for people||Auditing records|
|Anticipating people's needs and reactions||Attending to detail|
|Appreciating others||Being thorough|
|Caring for people||Checking for accuracy|
|Conducting meetings||Classifying and sorting data|
|Conflict management||Comparing and evaluating information|
|Coaching and mentoring||Compiling numerical and statistical data|
|Debating ideas with others||Coordinating and presenting information|
|Delegating||Creating efficient systems|
|Demonstrating empathy||Creating implementation guidelines|
|Developing people’s abilities||Developing plans and setting objectives|
|Developing rapport easily||Editing and proofreading written material|
|Directing others||Ensuring completion of tasks|
|Explaining things||Evaluating information|
|Expressing opinions without offending||Following procedures and instructions|
|Facilitating groups||Forecasting, estimating expenses and income|
|Facilitating self-awareness in others||Gathering information from varied sources|
|Helping others||Getting things right|
|Influencing others||Having an eye for detail|
|Interviewing people to get information||Identifying and organising tasks or information|
|Leading||Finding appropriate information sources|
|Listening||Interpreting plans & diagrams|
|Managing people||Keeping financial records|
|Motivating people||Manipulating numbers rapidly|
|Open minded & non-judgemental||Organising and improving systems|
|Participating in group discussions||Patiently searching for hard-to-find information|
|Persuading||Presenting data diagrammatically|
|Providing service to others||Problem solving|
|Public speaking||Recording facts|
|Responding to non-verbal cues||Researching|
|Showing sensitivity and tolerance||Sequencing information and actions|
|Supervising others||Setting up and keeping to time schedules|
|Teaching and training||Studying data to extract facts|
|Working well in a team||Tracking progress of projects|
|Working well with the public||Using technology for statistical analysis|
|Things and Tools||Creativity and Ideas|
|Analysing and correcting faults||Acting and/or dancing|
|Assembling things||Adapting flexibly and easily/td>|
|Constructing self assembly items||Communicating using metaphor|
|Driving and operating vehicles||Composing music|
|Finding out how things work||Conveying ideas through drawing or painting|
|Fixing or repairing things||Creating novel solutions|
|Gardening and farming||Designing building and interiors|
|Hand-eye co-ordination||Designing new processes and systems|
|Handling things with precision||Developing others’ ideas|
|Inspecting equipment and machinery||Expressing ideas through art|
|Installing technical equipment||Graphic design|
|Physical strength & stamina||Intuiting strategies and solutions|
|Physically inspecting things||Inventing products and processes|
|Raising, training, tending animals||Lateral thinking|
|Repairing machines and equipment||Photography|
|Restoring objects||Seeing alternatives|
|Sporting ability||Seeing things from different perspectives|
|Tending plants||Showing artistic flair|
|Understanding machinery||Strategic thinking|
|Using hand tools||Using accurate spatial memory|
|Using scientific or medical equipment||Using colour, shape and form creatively|
|Using spatial awareness for practical tasks||Using imagination|
|Using technical equipment and machinery||Utilising computers for artistic creations|
|Utilising computer software and equipment||Visualising concepts and possibilities|
|Working physically||Writing creatively|
Phew! That was quite a list! How did you get on?
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...
eBook on Personality & Career Change from How To Change Careers
Recommended Free Resources