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Skills Matching

Free online careers resources – part 1 – career matching

Career skills matching

I’m doing a series of blogs on free online careers resources.  Today I have had a look at the Skills Assessment on the National Careers Service site. It is a tool suitable for generating ideas for your first, or next, job.  It takes about five minutes and asks you questions about how you like to work.  The results match you to a selection of roles in different industry or professional sectors, giving an indication of the salaries you might expect.

I have just had a go and these are my results:

  • you enjoy helping and listening to other people
  • you like dealing with complicated problems or working with numbers
  • you are sociable and find it easy to understand people

So how accurate is it?  

As my job is to help people with their careers decisions, I thought this was pretty much spot on.  I agreed with the first point:  being a careers adviser it is essential that I do enjoy helping and listening to people.  I also agree with the second:  I do like dealing with complicated problems – clients often arrive to see me with many factors to consider (and I do like working with numbers too!).  The final point is ‘you are sociable and find it easy to understand people’.  I think I am sociable, most of the time, although I do like some time on my own.  Do I find it easy to understand people?  I am not sure that I find it easy as I believe it requires a great deal of thought and skill, but it is certainly true that I am fascinated by how we make career decisions, what encourages us to do things and what holds us back, and the importance of learning why we might behave in certain ways.    

My results generated ideas for jobs and salary indicators in sectors including Hospitality and Food; Sports and Leisure; Teaching and Education; Science and Research; Manufacturing; Computing, Technology and Digital – lots of options for inspiration.

This activity gets you thinking 

It is ideal to break you out of that awful never-ending circle of indecision that can often befall us!  I hope you find it helpful.  

National Careers Skills Assessment

I will be trying out other free online careers resources soon.  When you are on social media, please like and share my page and set up notifications for my posts.