Identify Your Skills - Know
Types of Skills
The Foundation Skills
are the ones every worker needs. They are organized into
four groups: Basic, People, Thinking, and Personal Qualities.
They are marketable and transferable skills.
skills are those that an employer will pay you to perform:
- All of the Foundation
- The skills listed
in "Want to Hire" advertisements.
- Examples of unmarketable
skills are, Riding a bike . . . who will pay you to
use that skill? Not many. Learning a skill unique to
your company that other companies do not use.
Go to the O*NET
Code Connector to see the skills that are required
for an occupation that interests you. The skills are called "Detailed Work Activities".
are ones that you can transfer from one occupation to
another. For example, if you look up Architect at
Code Connector you will see a number of "Related
Occupations," like "Civil Engineer" and "Electrical Drafter." These
are the occupations that an architect can transfer his
or her skills.
Your transferable skills
are valuable because they enable you to work in a variety
Motivated skills are
those skills that you enjoy using. If at all possible,
you want to work at something you enjoy doing. Think
of an achievement, accomplishment, or "good experience" you
have had - whether related to work or not. Then, write
down or tell someone,
- What you did,
- How you did it,
- What happened.
You will be
describing your motivated skills. These are especially
important in think about your career direction . . . doing
what you enjoy doing.