Employability Skills Exercise
Now it is time for you to assess your own skills. Remember that this is an initial
self-assessment exercise to help you to develop any skills which you feel are of
importance to you in planning your future. Few students are likely, at this stage,to have
developed the majority of these skills to a high level. Don't feel that a low
rating in any skill area is an admission of failure: you may have no
wish to use that skill or you may be able to improve upon it with a little practice.
The list is of 8 skills selected for this exercise because:
- they are frequently sought by employers when recruiting graduates.
- they aren't exclusively related to any single career area or degree subject.
There will follow 32 statements about your personal skills. For
each statement you have to say whether you: disagree. agree a little, agree
moderately, agree considerably or agree completely to the statement. You
need to answer ALL the questions to get meaningful results. Click on FIRST
QUESTION to begin. Your results will appear once you have answered the last
Your skills profile includes the eight skills which are listed above.
Your score can range from a maximum of 16 and a minimum of 0 for a particular
skill. For further information on these skills see below.
- Thinking through in advance what you want to say
- Report Writing Skills
- Gathering, analysing and arranging data in a logical sequence
- Developing your argument in a logical way.
- Briefly summarising the content.
- Adopting your writing style for different audiences.
- Avoiding jargon.
- See written communication skills
- Developing a line of reasoned argument.
- Emphasising the positive aspects of your argument.
- Understanding the needs of the person you are dealing with.
- Using tact and diplomacy.
- Handling objections to your arguments.
- Making concessions to reach agreement.
- Challenging the points of view expressed by others.
- See persuading and negotiating skills
- Contributing your own ideas effectively in a group.
- Taking a share of the responsibility in a group.
- Being assertive - rather than passive or aggressive.
- Accepting and learning from constructive criticism and giving positive, constructive feedback to others.
- Concentrating on behaviour that can be improved.
- Identifying your strengths and weaknesses.
- See teamworking skills
- Clarifying the nature of a problem before deciding what action to take
- Collecting, collating, classifying and summarising data.
- Being able to use results effectively using text/graphs/tables/pictures.
- Finding where the required information is available.
- Gathering information systematically.
- Formulating questions.
- Being able to condense information/produce summary notes
- See decision-making
- Setting objectives.
- Organising and motivating others.
- Taking the initiative
- Persevering when things are not working out.
- Taking a positive attitude to frustration/failure.
- Accepting responsibility for mistakes/wrong decisions.
- Being flexible - prepared to adapt goals in the light of changing situations.
- See leadership skills
- Managing your time effectively/using action planning skills.
- Prioritising tasks effectively.
- Setting objectives which are achievable and measurable.
- Identifying the steps needed to achieve goals.
- Using lists.
- Being able to work effectively under pressure/managing stress.
- Completing work to a deadline.
- See time management
- Use simple statistics.
- Calculate percentages.
- Multiply and divide accurately.
- Read and interpret graphs and tables.
- Use a calculator.
- Managing a limited budget.
- To test your numeracy try our numeracy test
- For help to improve this see BBC Skillswise
To relate these skills to jobs click here