So, you’ve been to school, to college and perhaps even university. You’re trying to find an internship or even a permanent job. You sit down to write your CV and you suddenly think…’What skills do I actually have to offer?’

Whilst having a degree is definitely something to be more than proud of, those ‘extra skills’ such as ‘communication, IT and organisation’ will not go a miss either.

Ways of enhancing your skill set

Face-to-face training: There are many training companies offering face-to-face training. These are normally in the format of ‘classroom style training’ like you would find at college or university. Going on a 1 or 2 day course may teach you all you need to know about ‘Advanced Excel’ for example. Finding a reputable training company is easy with a ‘quick Google’!

Professional qualifications: If you find you have the time (and funds); a professional qualification may be the route for you. There are so many to choose from out there and committing to something as big as this and of course passing can do wonders for your CV.

Webinars or Web conferencing: ‘A service that allows conferencing events to be shared with remote locations’ (Wikipedia) These are a great way of learning and adding to your skills set and very often free or low cost. (And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a bargain?!)

Events/Exhibitions: More often than not, specialist events and exhibitions feature key note speakers who are subject specialists. You will find that you can pick up some really useful information from these talks and if you hang around after the talk (in a non-stalkerish manner of course!) you might even be able to ask some questions directly to the speaker themselves.
Attending these events can sometimes be a whole day out, so make sure you make the most of the time and pick up any extra information you can (plus any stall freebies!). Communicate and network with as many people as possible, you never know what they might teach you.

Social media: The use of social media has changed the way the world learns today. With the ‘digital world’ being so full of resources these days, you’re unlikely to struggle to find ways add to your current set of skills.
With platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest (just to name a few); there is so much information readily available for the user. The benefit is you get to choose what information you want to take and from who. Social media provides you with instant information from so many sources; you’ll be spoilt for choice and perhaps armed in too much knowledge! Taking just enough information is an added skill in itself.

What now?

So now you should have some useful ways to add to your skill set, what are you waiting for? As Ghandi once said… “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Gandhi