Identifying Your Skills
To help students learn about skill categories and to identify their own skills
handout: ”Skills Identification”
communication, self-management, management, technical
Interpersonal: Participates as a member of a team
Thinking Skills: Problem solving
Information: Organizes and maintains information
Instructions for Conducting the Activity
Explain that knowing what skills are and being able to identify one’s own skills is essential for deciding on a career choice or finding a new career. Here are the seven categories of skills:
- Communication skills
- Number skills
- Technical skills
- Business skills
- Management and Self-Management skills
- Creative/Artistic skills
- People skills
Review the categories and the skills in each. Ask students to name some jobs that they think require the skills in the different categories.
Distribute the “Skills Identification” handout to students and ask students to check those skills they believe they have.
Have a group discussion using the following questions:
- Do you have skills in more than one area?
- In which category do you have the most skills?
- What are the skills needed for the jobs that you are interested in?
- Do the skills you have match the skills needed for those jobs?
- Are there some skills that you would like to have but don’t have right now?
- What education and/or training might you need to develop those skills?
Integrating Career Awareness into the ABE & ESOL Classroom