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how do i know what skills i have for a job

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Sumit’s Answer

Excellent question Francisco. I think almost everyone ponders over this question many times during their professional life. Even after you choose a job based on your skills, you may find a situation where you will question again if the job you have selected is the right one.

Before you think about a job, spend some time and introspect on what is your passion? What do you like to do when we get some free time? What do you enjoy doing the most? Doing what tasks make you happy? If you are student, what subjects interest you the most? Do you like to think about the numbers and see a pattern or you like to think more about how a machine works? Or it could be an interest and passion in area of fine arts? Or wondering about machine learning and algorithms? Based on your areas of interest and the knowledge & skills that you already have, you will be able to find if there are any gaps between your skills and the job and make it easier for you to be able to focus on those specific gaps.
There are many websites available which can help you in filling those gaps - Coursera is one. IBM also offers Free learning courses and badges. Here is a link - https://www.edx.org/school/ibm

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Introspect on what you like and what are your passions
Go online to coursera / edx and see if you like any course
If you don't find any course matching what you like, reach back with some more details and I would love to research more for you.

Thank you! francisco J.

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Sarah’s Answer

Try to think about your passions, hobbies, and experiences! You may not realize, but you have plenty of skills already - all you have to do is think about your every day life, how you make goals, and what success means to you.
For example, one of my passions is art, and due to my interest, I learned graphic design, which is a skill I could use to interview for a job.

If you want to build your skills and add some kudos to your resume, there are also many free, online courses that you could take to either discover your skills or learn new ones! I recommend EDX and Coursera.

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Go online, see what certificates interest you, and take a course!

Thank you! francisco J.

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Dottie’s Answer

This is such a great question! Start by writing down any job you have gotten paid for. Have you babysat? Mowed lawns? Tutored someone? Those are skill that you already have. What classes have you taken that you are good at? Those are skills you have! Hobbies? Those are skills too. Also remember to list out the things you do that you have fun with, like avid music listener or novice hiker. Good luck!

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Jennifer L.’s Answer

Hi, Francisco,

Great question, and one that you will most likely find yourself asking time and again. If there is a particular job in which you are interested, take a look at the requirements of the job and reflect on whether or not you have experience in those areas. Think back to any part-time jobs you may have had in the past - what function did you perform in the role(s). Those are all skills you can build upon.

Also think about your passion. What is it that you love to do and are good at? You will find more joy in a career than only looking at what you are good at now. Take advantage of any internships now that fuel your passion, as well as elective courses. If you do not have prior work experience, look to gain some through an entry level role, and build from there.

Best of luck to you.


Jennifer L. recommends the following next steps:

Reflect on past jobs and list out what you have done.
Make a list of the things you love to do and are good at performing
Match your lists to the job requirements

Thank you! francisco J.