The ability to realistically and clearly identify one's skills, interests, values, motivations and other personal attributes
Behavioural indicators include-:
- Describe personal strengths and attributes in both writing and orally with confidence
- Use feedback from others positively to inform own self image
- Identify areas for personal, academic and professional development
- Have an insight into their implications for life and career choices
Do I Have This Skill?
You'll need to be able to prove to employers that you actually have the skills they want for the job. In applications and interviews they will ask 'competency questions' that begin with phrases such as 'tell me a time when ............. ' or 'give me an example of .............. ' Your answers are the evidence that you have what it takes.
To find out how well developed your skills are already you could try this simple exercise:
Rate yourself on each of the behaviours:
- 1 = I do this very well. I am consistent and successful in it
- 2 = I am good at this. With some practice I can make it perfect!
- 3 = I am getting better, but still need to work on this a bit more.
- 4 = I am not particularly good at this - yet!
Revisit this exercise several times through your years of study - you'll want to have as many skills as possible at 1 and 2 before you apply for graduate jobs.
And, think about all the life situations you've been in - university, work, leisure, travel, social - and identify incidents and examples from them that show that you have already used the skill.
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