Know Yourself - Skills & Abilities
Skills and abilities are tasks that you naturally do well, talents and strengths that you bring to the table as a student and/or employee. These include natural capabilities you’ve always had, in addition to specific knowledge and skills you’ve acquired through experience and training.
Skills can be classified into three main categories:
- transferable/functional skills
- knowledge-based skills
- personal traits/attitudes
Use these activities to identify and better articulate your skills.
- Career Center Youtube Video: What Employers Want: Marketing Your Transferable Skills" >>
- "Know your skills" checklist (PDF)
- Accomplishment stories exercise (PDF)
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Abilities and skills are the building blocks of success that employers seek when hiring new employees – your skill base allows you to perform well on the job and essentially bring value to your employer.
Having a clear understanding of your strongest skill sets and how you’d like to use them in your work will allow you to choose majors, internships and career fields that best utilize your strengths. Knowing your skills will also help you write resumes and prepare for interviews.