What do you mean by skills?

Skills are abilities that you learn and gain through time and practice. They enable you to complete certain tasks successfully and to your full potential.

Gaining and improving your skills is really important and helps you secure future jobs, succeed in the next stage of your career, to impress possible employers, and for personal success.

Section breakdown….

  1. Different types of skill sets

  2. What skills do I need?

  3. Help and advice to improve your skills

  4. Money management skills

  5. Useful links

Different types of skill sets

The skills you learn throughout life generally fall into the three categories below:

Transferable Skills

These skills are general everyday employment skills that you use in the majority of jobs


  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Team work
  • Leadership
  • Organisation

You can improve and gain these skills through a variety of training opportunities and work experience placements.

Personal Skills

These are your own personal natural skills that are unique to you as an individual.


  • Honesty
  • Confidence
  • Motivational
  • Inspirational
  • Positive go-get attitude

You can improve and evolve these skills through day to day personal experiences

Work Specific Skills

These skills are industry specific, they apply to an individual job role or area.



  • Skills you need: Communication, Organisation, Computer and Telephone Literacy

You learn these skills while at school, college or university, through training opportunities, through work experience and through apprenticeships etc.

What skills do I need?

To gain a better understanding of what skills and qualifications you will need to be able to gain employment in your chosen job role and career area, the National Careers Service offers over 500 job profile examples which give you an overview of what skills you need to successfully have your specific job role.

South Devon College has also created iwanttobe

Explore iwantobe and find out how you can become what you want to be with South Devon Colleges help.

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Help and advice to improve your skills

To be successful in securing a job role you must have the correct skill set that enables you to do the job role to the best of your abilities.

Here are tSpace’s Top 5 ways to improve your skills:

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1. Boost your Core Skills
  • Improve your reading, writing, maths and ICT skills through educational centre courses and training providers. For more information Visit gov.uk  to find a course that suits you.
2. Go further with Education
  • Expanding your knowledge and gaining a further or  higher education qualification can open up new career options, experiences and opportunities. For more information Visit the National Careers Service to find a further or higher education course that suits you.
 3. How do you want to Learn new skills?
  • If you want to improve your skills it is up to you to decide how and when you want to learn them. Visit the National Careers Service  for options on how you can learn new skills.
 4. Improve your Transferable Skills
  • Transferable skills are general everyday skills that you use whilst in employment e.g. time management, problem solving, organisation. To identify and improve your transferable skills speak to a National Careers Service advisor.
5. Get advice and guidance from partners and providers
  • It is important to utilise the advice that is available to you so you can improve your skills, your opportunities and your employment prospects. Visit our local and national training providers section to find your local training provider that can help you identify your skills training needs.

Money Management Skills

Not only is it important to earn your own money but it is also highly important to know how to manage your earnings correctly and efficiently.

It is essential that you know how to:

  1. Keep track of your finances and know how to use the banking system

  2. Learn how to budget your money and make it go further

  3. Know how to manage your bank account, bills and savings

  4. Learn how to save and invest your money wisely

  5. Know how to avoid unnecessary debt

  • Want to work out your budget for the month? use the Barclays Budget Calculator HERE

  • Want to know ‘What Money Personality you have?’ take the Barclays Quiz HERE

For more information, support and advice on all the above plus more top money saving tips visit:

Barclays Money Skills

The Money Advice Service

Citizens Advice Bureau

what next?

Find out how you can use your skills? these links will help...

Download the app

The easiest way to test your skills and learn how to improve them to get the career you want. Free on Apple and Android.

C.V & Cover Letter

Ensure your skills are seen on your C.V and in your cover letter. Click the link to view our C.V & Cover Letter section.

Routes into Employment

Find out how you can use your skills to find employment. Click the link to view our routes into employment section.


Here are a few useful national links...