4 Skills developed through work
By now, you are beginning to see that all the roles in your life require you to have certain skills. Some of these roles may have been in a social context, others in paid or unpaid work situations. In this section, you will focus on roles connected to work in some way. All ‘work’ counts for the purpose of this section.
Have a look at the example of Angela below. Notice that it is not clear from Table 4 whether the jobs Angela did were paid or voluntary. This is not important since you acquire the skills whether or not someone is paying for your work. The table also shows when Angela has done similar types of job, but that her responsibilities might have been different, and so she was able to extend the skills she had developed.
Table 4 Angela’s work and personal achievements
|Dates||Employer/organisation (include clubs, community groups, etc.)||Title||Responsibilities, duties and activities||Training (include formal training, coaching and workshops)||Skills developed|
|1986 – 1989||W H Smith Ltd||Shop assistant||Management of magazine department and some staff management||
Use of cash tills
|1991 – 1992||Derngate Theatre||Front of house staff||
|Basic First Aid||
Understanding of team work
Listening and questioning
|1993 – 1994||Liverpool Higher Education College||Library assistant||
Issue desk duties
IT and keyboard skills
Inputting data into spreadsheets and databases
|1995 – 1999||Sailing Club||Membership secretary||
Recruiting new members
Managing membership subscriptions
|1995 – 1998||De Montfort University||Assistant librarian||
Management of Library Social Sciences section
Supervision of Library assistants
Providing relevant and appropriate information
|1998 – to date||Milton Keynes University||Assistant librarian||Creation of new library service||
Information literacy skills
|1998 – 2001||Film club||Publicity secretary||
Organising publicity leaflets
Writing film reviews
Working to a brief
Use this example to help you with the next activity.
Activity 4 My work and personal achievements
This activity helps you to look back over your own work and personal achievements and to decide what skills they have helped you to develop.
Copy a blank version of Table 4 into your notebook or you can also complete this in your Resource pack.
After completing this activity pause and allow yourself to feel proud of the abilities you have already developed. It is important to value what you can do. It will help you to present yourself positively to people who can offer you work opportunities.
Of course, work experiences are only part of the story. Any experiences that have helped you to learn can be just as influential in developing your capabilities. The next section, therefore, encourages you to review these too.