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Evaluating Skills

Skills represent your talents, abilities, and aptitudes. In short, what you are good at doing. Many people believe they have few skills, or that they do not have the right ones.  In fact, the average person has numerous skills they do not give themselves credit for having, but yet possess.  You have been acquiring these skills throughout your life.  Discovering your skills and abilities is an important key to making career choices.

There are different types or groups of skills: Self management, transferable, and work content.

 
  • _____ Aggressive
  • _____ Assertive
  • _____ Ambitious
  • _____ Calm
  • _____ Confident
  • _____ Cooperative
  • _____ Dependable
  • _____ Diplomatic
  • _____ Energetic
  • _____ Enthusiastic
  • _____ Flexible
  • _____ Frank
  • _____ Idealistic
  • _____ Innovative




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  • _____ Loyal
  • _____ Methodical
  • _____ Optimistic
  • _____ Organized
  • _____ Patient
  • _____ Persistent
  • _____ Practical
  • _____ Precise
  • _____ Realistic
  • _____ Resourceful
  • _____ Reliable
  • _____ Risk taking
  • _____ Sensitive
  • _____ Tactful




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  • _____ Research
  • _____ Writing
  • _____ Producing
  • _____ Budgeting
  • _____ Evaluating
  • _____ Comparing
  • _____ Teaching
  • _____ Coordinating
  • _____ Planning




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  • _____ Problem solving
  • _____ Communicating
  • _____ Supervising
  • _____ Managing
  • _____ Negotiating
  • _____ Explaining
  • _____ Motivating
  • _____ Reviewing
  • _____ Clarifying




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  • Self management skills can be described as who you are. These are personal characteristics or traits, such as being accurate, open, logical, or thoughtful.  Place check by the self management skills you have:

  • Transferable skills represent what you can do. These are skills acquired in one setting which can be applied to other settings. The same writing and research skills which helped you prepare a paper on "Persian Artifacts" can be transferred to a decision paper on the purchase of an office computer system.  Below is a list of transferable skills.  Check those which apply to you:
 

Work content skills are what you know.  These are specific skills that are crucial to one's performance in certain occupations, such as writing a computer program, speaking Spanish, or knowing how to operate certain types of equipment.  These are usually the types of skills that are developed in your classes as well as through on-the-job training.