We’re continuing our theme of Transferable Skills to help with your personal statement and at interview. In an earlier website Blog, we talked about matching your skills to the ones valued by the Uni that you are applying to. This makes your skills ‘transferable’ and, in simple sales terms, will increase your chances of success.

Simplify them into categories

However, it can help if you first categorise your skills under simpler headings. We’ve come up with four: People Skills, Practical Skills, Personal Skills and General Skills – PPPG. This can make it easier for you to then match your skills to those which the Uni is looking for. It can also show you where your strengths lie and what you are best at. The longest list of skills should reflect the sort of person that you are and help you when choosing the best Uni, location and course for you.

Then simplify them again using Keywords

Here are some examples to get you started. Categories for People Skills include leadership, communication, customer service and teamwork. Practical Skills can include being good with your hands, finishing projects, driving, repairing things. Personal Skills can include initiative, commitment, accountability and organisational. General Skills can include presentation skills, adaptability, IT skills and problem solving. There’s more ideas on the Keywords list at the bottom of the website.

So where do all these skills come from?

Why not take a look at your family calendar or your Planner? Reading through each week’s activities and commitments will in itself provide at least the start of the list you are looking for:

  • Monday – Football practice (Teamwork)
  • Tuesday – Help at Cubs (Leadership & Communication)
  • Wednesday – Gadget Club (IT Skills)
  • Thursday – Taking someone to shops (Driving skills)
  • Friday – Tennis match (Team Captain – Leadership)
  • Saturday – Part-time job in local shop (Customer Service)
  • Sunday – Friend’s house (Building Model Aircraft – General Skills)

Where else can I look to find them – and what else can I do to get more?

Skills come from a number of sources and other times and places could include:

  • Outside school – volunteering / work experience / part-time job / activities with others
  • In school – volunteering / extra-curricular activities / EPQ / theatrical productions
  • Existing skills – hobbies / interests / bi-lingual / helping out at home
  • Challenges – overcoming short or long term problems helps to develop skills

There are simple overviews on the website at the bottom of every page.

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