Skills are a key part of everyday life, not just of the workplace. With the constantly changing NHS if you are looking to move up the career ladder, or reposition your career, it pays to have a good understanding of your skills so that you can market yourself more effectively.
Skills are “talent or abilities that you have developed or acquired”. In general this means they can be taught and learned by almost anyone - although just learning a skill doesn’t mean to you are immediately good at it.
We spend much of our lives planning, organising and coordinating activities, not all of them in the workplace
Analysing and reviewing what you do or have done in your career and outside work can help flesh out good skills and establish which ones are transferable.
We all have to communicate with people in various ways: face to face, by telephone or email, through reports and presentations. Some are better than others but it can be easy to take these skills for granted.
- Do you naturally get on well with people and relate to them, regardless of who they are and what they do? Interpersonal skills are much sought after in the workplace, where people can feel under pressure and may be impatient for the end result.
Report writing, including one page summaries, is a great skill which many people overlook.
Even if you don’t do this at work maybe you do as a club committee member.
We spend much of our lives planning, organising and coordinating activities, not all of them in the workplace.
Any parent will know the value of these skills when organising their children’s schedules.
- Are you good at influencing people to help sell concepts or ideas? Selling is not just about what happens in shops.
- Do you like to be part of a team, whether it is at work or through sport? Team working is a transferable and sought-after skill.
You may spend hours at home researching on the internet and really enjoy this but never think that you have researching skills.
Think about the ways in which you use technology both at work and at home and you may well be surprised at the IT skills you have developed, which you may be able to use to benefit the organisation you work for.
- Do you regularly work out your household bills and how much money you have each month and how long it will last? You may not have a job in finance but this is still budgeting, another great skill.
The list goes on and it is highly likely you have many more skills than you realise. We all tend to undersell ourselves.
If you struggle with this type of analysis and are looking to market yourself with your CV or at an interview, then career coaching could help you to unlock your potential.