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Know your skills

So, what skills and experience have you got? …more than you think.

Have a look at the following examples which may help you to recognise which employability skills, experience and qualities you already have.

Work / Experience Employability Skills Employability Qualities
Newspaper Delivery Person

  • Part of a team – papers are delivered to the shop and then you deliver to the customer
  • Handle / collect money
  • Prior preparation – getting up on time, suitable clothes, bike ready etc
  1. Team player
  2. Customer focused
  3. Willing to learn
  4. Problem solver
  5. Flexibility and adaptability
  6. Time Management
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Reliable
  3. Commitment
  4. Motivation
  5. Self starter
  6. Common sense
Part time Shop Assistant

  • Work in a team
  • Deal with members of the public
  • Work to instructions and policies
  • Handle money / operate till
  • Locate stock / order new stock
  • Handle complaints
  1. Team player
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Customer service
  4. Problem solver
  5. Health and Safety
  6. Flexible and adaptable
  7. Willingness to learn
  1. Initiative & resourceful
  2. Commitment
  3. Confidence
  4. Organised
  5. Helpful and polite
  6. Reliable
  7. Trustworthy
  8. Self motivated

  • Plan travel / attend training and games on time
  • Get all your kit together and ready
  • Be a team player
  • Play to rules
  • Improve on personal ability
  • Team captain / Leader
  1. Team player
  2. Time Management
  3. Leadership skills
  4. Organisational skills
  5. Communication skills
  6. Follow instructions / willing to learn
  7. Adaptability
  1. Self motivated
  2. Manager
  3. Confidence
  4. Reliability
  5. Enthusiastic
  6. Committed

  • Arrive at school on time
  • Be ready to work & learn
  • Listen in the classroom
  • Able to communicate both verbally and on paper
  • Support fellow students
  • Meet deadlines and hand assignments in on time
  • Pass exams
  1. Team player
  2. Good communicator
  3. Problem solver
  4. Time management
  5. Willing to learn and improve own performance
  1. Self motivated / manager
  2. Organised
  3. Resourceful
  4. Proactive
  5. Polite
  6. Focused
  7. Helpful

  • Looking after a child / baby
  • Arrive on time
  • Be trusted in someone’s home
  • Know what to do in an emergency
  1. Good communicator
  2. Problem solver
  3. Time management
  4. Adaptable
  1. Trustworthy
  2. Reliable
  3. Responsible
  4. Calm
  5. Confident
  6. Self motivated


Attitude Creativity Relationships Organisation
Self knowledge, belief, confidenceI have a deep level of self knowledge and am able to justify and evaluate my own values/I can evaluate my own views and feelings and respect those of others MotivationI show determination to achieve self development.Aspiration

I have begun to work towards my aspirations Determination

I am able to make a sustained effort to complete a task successfully.


I have become aware of how competitiveness is essential for success.

Problem solvingI am able to use and evaluate different strategies to solve a problem.Lateral thinking/ideas generationI can develop and evaluate innovative and evolving ideas.Spotting and creating opportunitiesI understand the need to spot and create opportunities.


I can work with others to develop and critically evaluate a range of ideas to solve problems.

Working with othersI can work together with clear roles and responsibilities to meet required outcomes.Managing difficult situationsI am able to use appropriate strategies to manage difficult situations.Negotiation, persuasion, influenceI am able to show initiative and be proactive in persuading and negotiating and take responsibility for outcomes


I am able to evaluate, select and utilise appropriate styles of presentation.


I can work confidently with others to give and follow instructions and to manage the questions and opinions of others.

PlanningI can use structured planning skills to achieve a desired outcome.Managing resourcesI am able to work together to effectively manage resources.Decision makingI can use a range of strategies to make decisions with others and justify them.

Research/understanding environment

I am able to use research skills effectively.

Managing risk

I can manage risk and take responsibility for my actions and decisions.

Vision/goal setting

I am able to follow an action plan and review success against goals.


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