Know Your Skills

A skill is the ability to do a certain task well. Skills can be a natural ability and can also be learned over time. You can gain or expand your skills with practice or training. It is important to assess your skills at all phases of your career since you develop new skills at work, school, and through extracurricular activities.

Skills are grouped as technical or transferable skills. 

  • Technical skills: These skills are specific to occupations. The descriptions of occupations will list required skills. The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers more information about occupations.
  • Transferable skills: These are skills that can be used in almost every industry and in a lot of different jobs. Transferable skills may also include personal skills. There is a short list of common transferable skills and online skills assessments below.

Read over these skills and consider if you have or need to gain any of them. Start your skills assessment by looking at these groups. Ask people close to you for feedback. Adapted from assessment materials provided by Rogue Community College Student Employment Services.

Common Technical and Transferable Skills
Skill Set Examples
Key Transferable Skills
  • Meet deadlines
  • Ability to delegate
  • Ability to plan
  • Results-oriented
  • Customer service-oriented
  • Supervise others
  • Increase sales or efficiency
  • Accept responsibility
  • Instruct others
  • Desire to learn & improve
  • Good time management
  • Solve problems
  • Manage money/budgets
  • Manage people
  • Meet the public
  • Organize people
  • Organize/manage projects
  • Team player
  • Written communications
  • Work independently
  • Computer skills
Other Transferable Skills
  • Use my hands
  • Assemble or make things
  • Safety conscious
  • Build, observe, inspect things
  • Construct or repair
  • Off-bearing or feeding machinery
  • Follow instructions
  • Operate tools and machinery
  • Drive or operate vehicles
  • Repair things
  • Good with my hands
  • Use complex equipment
  • Use equipment
Dealing with Data
  • Analyze data or facts
  • Investigate
  • Audit records
  • Keep financial records
  • Locate answers or information
  • Balance money
  • Calculate, compute
  • Manage money
  • Take inventory
  • Classify data
  • Compare, inspect, or record facts
  • Count, observe, compile
  • Research
  • Detail-oriented
Working with People
  • Patient
  • Caring
  • Persuasive
  • Confront others
  • Pleasant
  • Counsel people
  • Sensitive
  • Demonstrate
  • Supportive
  • Diplomatic
  • Supervise
  • Speak in public
  • Help others
  • Tactful
  • Insightful
  • Teach
  • Interview others
  • Anticipate needs
  • High energy
  • Open-minded Kind
  • Take orders
  • Listen
  • Serving
  • Trust
  • Work with others
  • Negotiate
  • Understanding
  • Adaptable
  • Outgoing
Using Words, Ideas
  • Articulate
  • Innovative
  • Communicate
  • Logical
  • Prefer details
  • Remember information
  • Accurate
  • Research
  • Create new ideas
  • Understand the big picture
  • Design
  • Speak in public
  • Edit
  • Write clearly
  • Arrange social functions
  • Motivate people
  • Negotiate agreements
  • Decisive
  • Plan
  • Delegate
  • Run meetings
  • Direct others
  • Explain things to others
  • Self-motivated
  • Get results
  • Share leadership
  • Think of others
  • Direct projects
  • Team-builder
  • Solve problems
  • Mediate problems
  • Take risks
  • Empower others
Creative, Artistic
  • Artistic
  • Dance, body movement
  • Music appreciation
  • Perform, act
  • Draw, sketch, render
  • Present artistic ideas
  • Play instruments
  • Expressive

From your skills assessment and online research, write down 5-10 occupations that are a good fit with your skills using Match Your Skills to Occupations (pdf).

Online Skills Assessments:

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