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Choosing a course & career

Your skills can help you decide which course and career path is right for you!

Why are skills important?

Skills are things that you have, or learn, and that help you do a task. If you know what skills you have and can talk about them, you will have a head start when applying for jobs and courses.

How can my skill help me decide what to do?

Think about what your strengths are:

What are you naturally good at? You might be good at solving problems, working with others, planning, listening.

This will help you decide what job or course you will be good at!

Think about your interests and hobbies:

What do you enjoy doing? You might like playing sport, photography, playing in an orchestra, computer games.

This will help you decide what job or course you will love!

Think about your ambitions:

What is your dream job? You might want to be a fashion designer, engineer or a doctor.

This will help you decide what job or course you need to fulfil your career goal!

What skills do I have?

You will have a lot of skills already:

  • You might have developed them at school. These could include working with other people during class projects or meeting deadlines when you hand your homework in on time.
  • You might have developed them at home. These could include organisational skills when planning activities with friends or being responsible by looking after a pet.
  • You might have developed them at a work placement, volunteering or part-time job. These could include good timekeeping when arriving on time or communication skills when talking to people.
  • You might have developed them through a hobby or interest. These could include teamwork skills when playing as part of a football team or leadership skills when helping other people.

Top 5 skills that employers love

Initiative 

Employers want you to be motivated and look for ways to improve things. They want you to use your initiative and not wait to be told what to do all the time like at school.

Organisational 

Employers want you to be able to plan your work and decide yourself which tasks are important so you can organise and prioritise your workload.

Team work

Employers want you to be great at working with other people, understand their opinions, make a contribution to the team and help others.

Solving problems

Employers want you to understand an issue or a problem and suggest solutions and new ideas to resolve it instead of giving up.

Have a look at our School Leavers Guide or visit an open event and let us help you decide which course and career is right for you.