Creative Ways to Identify the Skills you Need

Each job requires a specific set of skills. Not sure what they are? Don’t stress, we are ready to help. There are plenty of creative ways to identify the skills you need.

Having a range of soft skills will help you in a variety of careers. But to become an expert in your field, you need to enhance your job-specific skills. Not sure what they are? You’re in luck. There are many creative ways to identify the skills you need in your career.

Guy drawing on a large paper canvas. Creative way to identify the skills you need.

Creative Ways to Identify the Skills you Need

Whether you’re new in the business, or want to progress in your field, job-specific skills are a plus. These technical skills give you knowledge on how to complete your task at work. Listed below are a few creative ways to identify the skills you need.

  • Research the career you want
  • Note down the skills you already have
  • Read up on the job post
  • Consider the industry you want to enter
  • Go to career expos

Research the Career you Want

Since you have no idea what skills you need, research the career path you want to take. You’ll be able to find out what skills you need in your profession. Narrow it down to the job you want, to determine which skills you should focus on.

Note Down the Skills you Already Have

No need to throw away all your skills and experience. Build on your existing knowledge. After doing research, write down the skills you need. Tick off all the skills you already have. You’ll then know which skills and experience you lack.  

Read up on the job Post

Job posts on sites like Indeed are a great way to find out what employers seek from applicants. The duties listed are specific to the job post. This makes it a perfect way to find out what skills you are expected to have.

Consider the Industry you Want to Enter

Take a look at the industry as a whole. Consider a variety of professions within the field. This will give you more opportunities to pursue. Your duties won’t be limited to your job description. Be open to gaining all the skills you need.

Go to Career Expos

What better way to understand the job-specific skills you need than from an expert? They will be able to give you the help and advice that you might not be able to find on your own. Ensure that you have all your questions prepared ahead of time.

How to Gain the Skills you Need

Now it’s on to the next step. And this is how to gain these job-specific skills. There are plenty of ways you can improve and gain new skills. Choose a method that works for you. You can:

Study a Course

This is one of the best ways to learn industry-related skills. There are a range of courses specific to your career. You can enrol in an accredited course or even study without matric

Ask for Exposure to new Opportunities

Sometimes your best resources are right in front of you. Ask your employers if there is an opportunity for you to grow within your position. They might be able to give you additional duties to expand your skills and knowledge.

Get an Internship

Take a step into your career with an internship. There will be plenty of mentorship and training available to you. If you exceed their expectations, they may even offer you a permanent position at their company.

Do More Research

Think you’re done doing research? Think again. When you’re ready to gain new skills, the learning never ends. Use your free time to research more on your tasks at work. This will give you a better understanding and shows your ability to take initiative.

Watch Videos Online

If you’re a visual learner, videos are a great way to learn new skills. There are thousands of videos online catered to skills development. Start your search, press play and let the learning begin.

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Last Updated: June 3, 2022

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Charnell Ward
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