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Assessing your skills

Now that you’ve gone through the process of identifying and reflecting upon your skills, you need to consider how to assess your skill levels.

As we established earlier, soft skills are more challenging to measure and demonstrate compared to hard skills.

However, you could consider the idea of creating your own skills matrix – that is, a document that lists the general skills employers are looking for (communication, teamwork, problem-solving, creativity, time management, planning, etc.) and self-assessing your abilities against each on a scale of 0–10. These general skills are also known as transferable skills, ie skills that can be transferred from one setting to another.

As we covered in the previous step, reflecting on your experiences is key for helping you identify examples of when, how and where you have demonstrated these skills. You can then start to make a judgment on the skills you’re good at and what you need to develop for a chosen career path.

Below, we’ve linked to some tools on the Mind Tools website that can aid you with assessing some of your skills:

Note: By following any of the links to Mind Tools you will be taken to a third-party website. On this website, you may be asked to submit some information about yourself. Please make sure you are familiar with the terms and conditions and privacy policy of the third-party website before submitting your information.

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