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Work Skills

Work Skills

Work skills are personal abilities that help us carry out work related tasks. Some of the most important job skills come as second nature to employees.
When employers advertise potential posts they will list skills they would like in a person.
When compiling a CV, Covering letter or an Application Form it’s important to highlight the skills the employer wants.

Top 10 Work Skills employers want
1. Verbal Communications
2. Teamwork
3. Commercial Awareness
4. Analysing & Investigating
5. Initiative/Self-Motivation
6. Drive
7. Written Communication
8. Planning & Organising
9. Flexibility
10. Time Management

There are many ways to gain work skills:-

• You must be over 16 years of age.
• Gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills necessary for various careers while earning a wage.
• They can normally last anything between 1-3 years but all depends on what level of qualification you are working towards.
• Apprenticeships are now to be given equal legal treatment as degrees (announcement June 2015)

• This is a work experience offered by employees to give students and graduates the opportunity to be in a work environment.
• This is often within the industry which relates to their field of study.
• Placements can vary from just a week or as long as 12 months, often on a voluntary or paid capacity.

Work Experience
• This is a temporary work placement to gain experience and an insight into an industry.
• Placements are short term lasting from several days to several weeks.
• This kind of work experience is typically arranged for older pupils in full time education.

Work Placement
• The placement gives you the chance to gain hands on experience of working.
• Some courses make work placements compulsory in order to get the degree.
• Students can also opt to do a work placement as one of their degree modules.
• If this isn’t the case on your course then arranging a placement would be a good idea.