Skills are something you learn through experience, and that you can apply to things you do. You might pick them up at, during activities, they’re important in all areas of life, can be super varied and are used in lots of different situations. You could be working on your problem solving skills in math, developing your organization skills while packing for a trip or sharpening your communication skills trying to explain what a meme is. When you’re applying to university, college, an apprenticeship or for a job, the person looking at your application will want to know what your skills are – and how you use them. It’s not hard to figure out what your skills are – and it’ll give you a real confidence boost to do it.
First, think about all the places you could have been picking up skills – school, leisure, after school activities, clubs, jobs, volunteering, work experience and more. Next, think about the tasks you completed there, and what they helped you learn. Our list of skills above are probably ones you’ve already heard of. But there are some you might not know about yet, like meta-skills. A meta-skill is sort of like a master skill – it’s something that helps you in lots of different environments, and can be much broader than the other skills we’ve mentioned. A meta-skill could be knowing how to priorities, improvising when things aren’t going to plan, or being able to hook others in by telling a fascinating story. Acrotek -skills are something you can always develop. And doing so will impress the person reading your application.