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TRANSFERABLE SKILLS AUDIT

Name: Davena Hehir Course: Level 3 Business Diploma Year: 2


Date: 15/10/18

Section 1

Consider the skills listed below and rate how important you think each skill is for employment and how competent you are in this skill.
Consider how each of these skills may enhance your performance, and allow you to develop and advance further. You may wish to discuss
these with your advisor of studies. Alternatively, you may wish to ask a friend or family member, and to compare and discuss your separate
findings.

Once you have rated yourself, multiply the number in the column marked ‘Competence’ with that in the column ‘Job Importance’. So, for
example, if you feel that you are not very proficient in verbal and written communication (i.e. you have rated your competence at 4), but that
these skills are very important for employment (i.e. you have rated it at 5), then your overall total score would be 5 X 4 = 20.

Section 2
This section will provide you with examples of the types of evidence you can provide to demonstrate your level of competence with each skill.

Competence – How competent are you Job Importance – How important do you
in this skill? think this skill is in Employment?
1. Highly proficient 1. Unnecessary
2. Fairly proficient 2. Not very important
3. Adequate 3. Helpful
4. Not very proficient 4. Fairly important
5. Unskilled 5. Essential
SKILL COMPETENCE JOB IMPORTANCE COMPETENCE EVIDENCE FOR YOUR LEVEL OF
X COMPETENCE
JOB
IMPORTANCE
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
COMMUNICATION
Written:
12 I’m not very good at expressing myself in writing,
Ability to express self well in writing therefore I need to gain experience in doing this although
it’s not exactly necessary for my future career but it will
be extremely helpful for life in general for personal
statements.
Verbal:
Informal – ability to network easily 15 I can communicate well with people, but I am not very
with other people confident at all about doing this, but it is extremely helpful
in my job and a must for my job so I need to learn how to
do this well and successfully.
Formal – ability to express yourself 20 I have no confidence to do this concisely, I can express
clearly and concisely to a group of myself well to friends, tutors and those I know but not
people with the confidence that I require. I need to be able to do
this as I will be teaching children and this needs to be done
with confidence.
Non-verbal:
Listening – ability to attend actively to 8 I am very good at listening to other peoples views on a
others’ views and ideas and understand situation, I am also good at acting upon all the views I’ve
their point of view received. For my job it is quite important but not entirely
essential but it will be useful for my career as I’ll have to
listen to many people.
Body Language – ability to match 16 I am bad at expressions and body language, I always seem
body language appropriately to what is to have the same face whether they’re a good circumstance
being said verbally or bad. This means that I can give an appropriate
expression. I need to learn this in time for my career
because it will be helpful especially in front of students.
WORKING WITH OTHERS
Cooperation
Ability to collaborate effectively within 6 Having the ability to work as a team in teaching isn’t too
a team important as you usually work solo and the only time you
need to work as a team is during training. However I have
the ability to work quite well as a team whatever the
situation, due to current work.
Negotiation
Ability to reach a mutually satisfactory 12 Having the ability to compromise is pretty important in
outcome through compromise teaching as you’re going to have to make compromises a
lot especially when it comes to different people's needs
and ability as many people have different requirements
and this will take compromise. I am quite good at
compromise and learning to accept that things have to be
done on the terms of two people rather than just one
persons need.
Sensitivity
Ability to respond appropriately to 10 This is important because things change and new beliefs
individual differences, e.g., age, gender, and cultures become a thing and these need to be accepted
etc. rather than ignored or someone to be made uncomfortable
by. In teaching, children will go through different things,
decide different things and also will be different to another
student and it’s about taking these into consideration to
provide the best for the student. I am quite good at this
especially from working with a team with many different
ages, sexualities and genders.
Leadership
Ability to encourage and motivate In teaching you have to encourage and motivate students
others regularly so they can achieve the very best, this means that
you’ve got to be positive and motivational at any point
possible. This is something that I feel I’m quite good at but
could do with a lot of improvements to achieve my full
best to a level I could encourage students to be their best.
SKILL COMPETENCE JOB IMPORTANCE COMPETENCE EVIDENCE FOR YOUR LEVEL OF
X COMPETENCE
JOB
IMPORTANCE
Ability to supervise or direct work of 15 Supervising work and directing someone to do work is a
others massive part of teaching as students will have to do work
to achieve the very best from something. This means that
you have to be confident that the work your giving is for
the students and that you’re supervising those doing their
work.
Ability to evaluate competing priorities 16 Planning things in order of priority is important within
to plan ahead teaching as students need to be taught in order of units and
subjects, but also they need to be taught successfully and
this may have to be done in ways that at the time didn’t
seem specifically ideal. I am not very good at prioritising
as in a sense of has to be done this way, I am good at
doing things in order of what I feel will work best for
everyone involved.
APPLICATION OF NUMBER
Calculations
Ability to use a calculator or PC to 5 I am extremely good at using a calculator after doing
make calculations Maths Statistics at school, I also know how to use a PC to
these sums. This is important for a teacher as they need to
be able to demonstrate this to students in order for them to
be able to complete work.
Interpretation
Ability to interpret descriptive statistics, 10 I was always really bad at Maths and anything relating to
e.g. ratios percentages, means, standard Maths so this is not at all my strongest point and I
deviations wouldn’t be able to offer help with hard equations and
ratios. I don’t think I became a teacher I’d need to be good
at Maths unless I went into teaching that subject.
Ability to interpret inferential statistics, 10 I have very little idea on the meaning of this, so I have
e.g., confidence intervals, statistical marked myself low because I am not sure I’d be able to
significance, effect size show a good understanding of this.
Application
Ability to organise and present 6 I can do this, as it is something I enjoy doing however I
numerical data in an appropriate don’t think it's important in terms of my career unless I
manner become a Maths Teacher.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
File Management Techniques
Ability to create, store and retrieve files 15 I am confidently able to do this, with many different
programs whether this is Google or just the simple
computer. I am good at savings files to multiple different
places as I do this at work, College and work experience. I
think this is really important in my future job because I’ll
be saving students works, my lesson plans and
powerpoints.
Word Processing (e.g. MS Word)
Ability to use a word processing (WP) 10 I have attended school and college which all require the
package to produce a variety of formats information and work you do to be on word or Google
of documents docs. I am confidently able to do this to a high level of
precision. I feel this is extremely important for the job I
want to do as you will have to do many documents for the
students.
Spreadsheets (e.g., MS Excel)
Ability to use a spreadsheet to record 9 I am able to use spreadsheets and create different ones for
and manipulate different sets of data different pieces of information, I am happy to create these
and then send them to the relevant people. Usually in
teaching you don’t have to use these, unless you chose to
create trackers using these. This I can do anyway.

SKILL COMPETENCE JOB COMPETENCE EVIDENCE FOR YOUR LEVEL OF


IMPORTANCE X COMPETENCE
JOB
IMPORTANCE
Databases (e.g., MS Access)
Ability to retrieve information from a 12 Retrieving information from a database in teaching is
database something that's important. This can be for getting a
students details, and also getting their grades. I am able
to do this successfully and then get information to use
for my use and the school I work for.
Ability to create a database I think it is less likely that I will have to create a
database this is because usually the school creates one
document for all it’s staff to use. However if this was
required I would be able to do this confidentiality as I
have had to do this at work experience and also at work
for a new member of staff.
Presentations (e.g., MS PowerPoint)
Ability to create and display a 10 I enjoy creating PowerPoint displays, it is something that
PowerPoint presentation I do regularly and feel I can display this to a class of
students even if my confidence isn’t the best and isn’t
something that I like to do. Within teaching I will have
to do this every single day simply because this is how
lessons will be taught to students.
Information and Communication
Ability to send and receive email 10 Emails are the way to communicate in schools, this is
between staff and also students regarding many different
things. I confidently know how to use any email
provider and can send these emails to different people
confidently.
Ability to send and receive attachments 10 I am able to send emails with attachments whether this is
by e-mail a picture or document. This is something I’ll have to do
in my future career in teaching as it is important to give
the correct documents to the students.
Ability to use an internet browser, e.g., 8 I can use the browser to browse the internet, this is
Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL something I do regularly for information regarding
something I’m researching or some piece of important
information. I think this is important for my job as there
will be a lot of researching to be done.
Ability to download files from the 6 I am able to download things that are on the internet and
Internet and transfer to WP then put them into Word and other documents. This is
something I learnt to do in School during lessons. I don’t
think I will necessarily have to use this though in my
future career.
Ability to use a search engine, e.g. 15 I will need to use Google during my future Career this is
Altavista, Google something I am confident doing as it is something I have
been doing a while.
PROBLEM SOLVING
Creativity
Ability to generate new ideas or 20 Creativity isn’t something I am confident at doing, this
conceive existing ideas in a new way is because I’m not a creative person but this is
something I intent to learn as students will want exciting
ways to learn how to do something.
Organisation and Planning
Ability to set down a systematic 15 This is something that I think is really important to my
sequence of activities and carry them future career because you have to teach and prepare in
through in an effective manner an effective way. This is something I am good at after
many meetings at work.
Research
Ability to gather information in a 15 Teaching is about establishing things and then teaching
systematic way to establish certain facts these to the students, therefore I think this is really
or principles important especially when you need to find ways to
teach these principles.

SKILL COMPETENCE JOB COMPETENCE EVIDENCE FOR YOUR LEVEL OF


IMPORTANCE X COMPETENCE
JOB
IMPORTANCE
Analysis
Ability to understand and summarise 6 This is something I don’t feel is that important to
information teaching in the wider picture, yes information needs to
summarised to give to students but not be analysed.
Initiative
Ability to initiate, take decisions and act 20 I am able to make decisions and make sure that they
resourcefully work for everyone and that they include everything they
need to.
IMPROVING OWN LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE
Self Management
Self awareness – ability to identify and 6 I am good at admitting my strengths and weaknesses like
reflect on own strengths and weaknesses shown in this document, it is something that I feel will
in relation to: only change if your honest about what you can actually
● Personal Development do.
● Educational Development However I don’t feel it is something that is totally
● Career Development important in my job as there’s no need to tell students.
However knowing your limits in teaching is good.
Effective learning – ability to learn 15 Applying whatever you learn is important in teaching as
from a range of situations and apply students will be dependant on whatever you teach a
learning in a variety of contexts student. What you teach a student is what you’ve learnt
from your learning.
Reasoning skills – ability to defend 3 I don’t think this will ever be required in my chosen
argument using logical and systematic career as arguing isn’t ever usually required.
thinking based on sound evidence
Reflection – ability to reflect on and 3 I don’t think being able to judge my own performance is
critique own performance important to the students that I will teach.

SKILL COMPETENCE JOB COMPETENCE EVIDENCE FOR YOUR LEVEL OF


IMPORTANCE X COMPETENCE
JOB
IMPORTANCE
Study Skills
Ability to manage and prioritise time to 3 I have to do this at college to meet deadlines on
meet deadlines assignments, however in my teaching career I don’t
think deadlines will be that useful to me.
Ability to identify relevant sources of 4 I am really good at working out who or where I can get
information, including people and information or help from. I don’t think I will necessarily
reference material have to use these in my career however I know that I
will be able to ask someone.
Ability to use a library to find books and 3 I won’t need to use this in my career but if I do I know
journal articles how to use books and things to find information or get
help.
Ability to take notes, organise them, and 6 I love making notes and organising them so that I can
integrate them with other sources of find them later down the line and use them to meet my
information full potential. I will need to make notes regarding lesson
plans however this won’t be all the time and will be
based on what the lesson is as to whether I’ll need to
make notes.
Ability to reference materials using an 2 I won’t need this for teaching but I know how to do
appropriate system, e.g., Harvard or referencing to make the reference perfect. This is from
Vancouver doing Assignments in college.

Identify your learning needs


Now pick three of the highest scoring skills from the above audit (by multiplying your scores as shown above) that you need to develop further.
List these below in order of priority.

Skill Area Action Plan for Development and where you can access these

1. Creativity - I am not a very creative person, this is something I really struggle with. I aim to improve this by looking
at other peoples work for inspiration so that I can then learn how everyone else thinks things should look
Ability to generate new and how creativity is created by them. I aim to look at different Youtube videos for inspiration as they are
ideas or conceive existing sometimes like being taught something by a teacher/tutor.
ideas in a new way

2. Leadership - I prefer to do things in order of the sense that they make rather than prioritizing tasks, this is because I
can get then confused and not understand the whole point to something. I aim to work at this by
Ability to evaluate following set rules from work and seeing whether I can train myself to understand how prioritising does
competing priorities to plan help.
ahead
3. Non-Verbal
I need to learn to change my body language so that I match either the expression or mood of the
Body Language – ability to conversation/topic so that I can show more emotion than I normally do. This can make me seem more
match body language approachable and caring than I sometimes can come across.
appropriately to what is being
said verbally

4. Verbal -
I am not very good at expressing myself in any way in front of people, I have no confidence for that and
Formal – ability to express it affects who I then speak to. I find it hard to express myself in front of new people, this is something I
yourself clearly and concisely hope to improve over time ready for my university course.
to a group of people

5. Written -
I enjoy writing however I am not good at writing about myself no matter who or what it is for. Therefore it
Ability to express self well in is something I need to learn to do before I get to University.
writing

Section 2: Providing Evidence you have the Skills

COMMUNICATION
Communication may be formal or informal, personal or impersonal, creative or factual. Messages may be delivered verbally, in writing or non-
verbally. There are many areas where examples of each communication approach may have been successfully applied, at university, at work, at
home, etc
Written - Ability to express self well in writing Ability to express self well in writing
● Presented a business plan at college, at the beginning of the course Year 1.
● Completed a about me page on a website portofolio
● Completed a personal statement stating about myself and expressing myself in writing.
● I have created a document all about myself ahead of beginning volunteering at Bingley Children’s Contact Centre.
Written - Ability to express self well in writing
Verbal:
Informal – ability to network easily with other people
● I have been part of many social gathering including planning these for work parties, birthday parties, friends meals.
● I have been part of dealing with issues inside work and been able to provide good ideas.

Formal – ability to express yourself clearly and concisely to a group of people


● I have taken part in a college interview
● I have taken part in an interview to get work experience at L Wood & Co
● I have also done an interview at Asda to get my job on top of this I’ve had multiple interviews for jobs that I have applied for.

Non-verbal:
Listening – ability to attend actively to others’ views and ideas and understand their point of view
● Within college we have to take notes on what the tutor has said ready for our assignments, I am able to take good and precise notes on
what can be done to make my assignment the best I can.
● In meetings at work I am able to listen and then use what we’ve been told to improve my work and the effort I put in.
Body Language – ability to match body language appropriately to what is being said verbally
● At work working with customers means that body language always has to be positive and not too judgemental or anything like that so you
have to be able to prove that you are listening to the customer in terms of complaints or anything like that.

WORKING WITH OTHERS


Working with others is a skill highly valued by employers. Suitable evidence for this skill need not be limited to work experience. You should
think of all aspects of your work, studies and social life.

Cooperation - Ability to collaborate effectively within a team


● On a Saturday at Volunteering we have to work together to get all the jobs done, all the children settled and much much more, without
cooperation this wouldn't work.
● At work on a general basis we have to work together to serve customers effectively and within 5 minutes of them being there, this therefore
we can get the best for the customers.

Negotiation - Ability to reach a mutually satisfactory outcome through compromise


● This happens a lot at work, when it comes to doing rotas. Negotiation is the best way to get what you want within Asda and work. A recent
situation this was used was when I was asked to work a different day, the negotiation was that I would get a different day off.

Sensitivity- Ability to respond appropriately to individual differences, e.g., age, gender, etc.
● At the contact centre there are many people there that are there for personal and sensitive reasons and you have to be sensitive and
understand that everyone's lives are different.

Leadership - Ability to encourage and motivate others


● College course representative
● Section Leader at work
● Shift leader

APPLICATION OF NUMBER
Calculations -
Interpretation - - Ability to interpret descriptive statistics, e.g. ratios percentages, means, standard deviations
- Ability to interpret inferential statistics, e.g., confidence intervals, statistical significance, effect size
Application -Ability to organize and present numerical data in an appropriate manner
● Within school I did a maths GCSE and also Maths Statistics this meant that I can do maths quite well. I also sometimes use maths within my
business course.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
File Management Techniques - Ability to create, store and retrieve files
● At college we have to create and store files and even sometimes look for these files, I can do this really well so this
gives me this ability.

Word Processing - Ability to use a word processing package to produce a variety of formats of documents
● We have to regularly create Google Docs, whether this be a report, spreadsheet, powerpoint. Therefore I am good at creating a wide range of
documents.

Spreadsheets - Ability to use a spreadsheet to record and manipulate different sets of data
● I am able to input information onto a spreadsheet which then can be used to record details and things that have happened or are happening.

Databases - Ability to retrieve information from a database/ Ability to create a database


● I am able to use a database to get information I need this includes searching for contact details of someone I work with at work using
their system.

Presentations - Ability to create and display a PowerPoint presentation


● Within College we do lessons called project we regularly create powerpoints to showcase the work we have done for a certain cause.

Information and Communication - Ability to send and receive email


● At work we have a work email provider, to which I find it easy to send and receive emails. Also at college we use GMail which is another
provider which is also easy to use. I then use Hotmail for my personal emails.

Ability to send and receive attachments as email


● Sending a CV for a job to an employer.

Ability to use an internet browser e.g. Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL


● Used this to get ideas on meal plans
● Used it to get ideas on how to keep children engaged with their parents
● Used for assignments to get images and definitions
Ability to download files from the internet and transfer to WP
● Downloaded documents from google docs and then put them on word to then upload to a website.
Ability to use a search engine e.g. Altavista, Google
● Used for searching for jobs
● Used for food shopping
● Used for shopping and opening times of shops

PROBLEM SOLVING
Creativity - Ability to generate new ideas or conceive existing ideas in a new way
● I have worked out new ways to make working more fun when it’s busy or tiring this builds motivation
Organisation and Planning - Ability to set down a systematic sequence of activities and carry them through in an effective manner
● This is used to plan what we can do at work and in what order.

Initiative - Ability to initiate, take decisions and act resourcefully


● I do this regularly at work as it is about making the best out of situations.

IMPROVE OWN LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE


Self Management
● I manage to get myself to college on a weekday when college is on.
● I also manage to get myself to work experience on the 2 days that I’m meant to be.
● I manage to get myself to and from my shifts when appropriate.

Self-awareness – ability to identify and reflect on own strengths and weaknesses in relation to:
● Personal Development: I am not confident at giving an overview at what my strengths are but I’m really good at saying what my
weaknesses are.
● Educational Development: I regularly review my targets, I also then use this to make sure that I can achieve everything I intend to
achieve. know exactly what I need to do to pass my course.
● Career Development: I have a plan to regularly update my CV this is because this is the key point of success as it details everything I
am capable of.
Effective learning – ability to learn from a range of situations and apply learning in a variety of contexts
● I used to play rugby for a team for Stanningley Rugby Team.

Reasoning skills – ability to defend argument using logical and systematic thinking based on sound evidence
● This is something I need to work on.
Reflection – ability to reflect on and critique own performance
● Mistakes are there to be made therefore, I can learn from these and then fix them for next time.
● I use feedback from assignments this means that I can achieve my best.

Study Skills - Ability to manage and prioritise time to meet deadlines - I hand my assignments in either before the deadline or on the deadline,
this means that I can be manage and prioritise my deadlines. This means that I can work through everything perfectly.
- Ability to identify relevant sources of information, including people and reference material - I can use work books, for example
textbooks to make sure that I get as much information as I need. I know to ask tutors for the help that I need.
- Ability to take notes, organize them, and integrate them with other sources of information - I am good at working at taking
notes, this means that I can take perfect notes. I like organising all the notes that I make so that I can use these in my assignments.
- Ability to reference materials using an appropriate system, e.g., Harvard or Vancouver - I use Harvard in all my assignments
this means that I can I can reference my sources.