My skills and strengths

What are skills and strengths?

These can be defined as the transferable skills needed by an individual to make them employable.

Demonstrating your skills and strength depends on your knowledge, skills attributes and attitudes, how you use those assets and how you present them to potential employers.

The skills employers are looking for include:

  • Listening: The receiving, retaining and processing of information or ideas
  • Speaking: The oral transmission of information or ideas
  • Problem Solving: The ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge
  • Creativity: The use of imagination and the generation of new ideas
  • Staying positive: The ability to use tactics and strategies to overcome setbacks and achieve goals
  • Aiming High: The ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them
  • Leadership: Supporting, encouraging, and motivating others to achieve a shared goal
  • Teamwork: Working cooperatively with other towards achieving a shared goal 

Know your skills and strengths and recognise the ones you would like to develop. 

By using this section you will be able to identify the skills you already have. These can be recorded in your Skills Passport. Where you see you have gaps, use the tips and resources to help you develop them.

Use the resources below and then learn to record these using the >log on | move on> Skills Passport. 


To start your thinking about the skills you have, watch the video of Danny. He tells us his top employability skills in 6 minutes.

National Careers Service Skills Check

The skills health check is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help you explore your skills, strengths and interests.

Working through the skills health check can help you decide what kind of jobs might be right for you.

You can save your results and come back to them at any time or you can download your report once you've completed at least one assessment.

Don't forget that once you have done the assessment to return and update your Skills Passport 



Have you thought about what you have already achieved, whether it something you have achieved in school or as part of the activities you do outside of school?  

The questions asked by My World of Work will help you think through your achievements, and how to present them to a potential employer. 




Why use the skills passport? 

This will increase your understanding of the skills employers are looking for and your awareness of the skills you have.

The passport will:

  • Highlight skills and examples you can include in your CV and job application forms and post 16 applications.
  • Support you to be successful in finding temporary, part-time and voluntary work while you study.
  • Help with your preparation for a job or course interview, and provide a reference point during the interview.
  • Create additional information about you to leave with your prospective employer at the end of the interview.

Now to record your skills in the Passport, you will need to log into your user account

Still not sure how to use the Skills Passport visit our resources section to help you to complete and navigate the system.