Identifying your personal skills plays a big part in your career journey from college, apprenticeship/training, university

Here are our top 10 personal skills:

Communication and Interpersonal Skills


This is about having the ability to explain what you mean in a clear and concise way through written and spoken means. It is also about, being able to listen and relate to other people and act upon key information and instructions.

Problem Solving Skills

Having the ability to understand a problem by breaking it down into smaller parts and identifying key issues, implications and coming up with solutions. It is also about applying your knowledge from many diff erent areas to solving a task.


Using your initiative and being self-motivated

Having new ideas of your own which can be made into a reality. Showing a strong personal drive and not waiting to be told to do things. Also, being organised and methodical.


Organisational Skills

Being organised and methodical. Able to plan work to meet deadlines and targets. Monitoring progress of work to ensure you are on track to meeting a deadline.


Working under pressure and to deadlines

Handling stress that comes with deadlines and ensuring that you meet them.


Team Working

Working well with other people from different disciplines, backgrounds and expertise to accomplish a task or goal.


Ability to learn and adapt

To be enthusiastic about your work and to identify ways to learn from your mistakes for the benefit of you and your employer.



The ability to use data and mathematics to support evidence or demonstrate a point.


Valuing diversity and difference

Knowing the value of diversity and what it can bring. Understanding and being considerate of the different needs of different individuals.


Negotiation Skills

To take on board other peoples feelings and express your own requirements in an unemotional clear fashion to achieve a win-win outcome.


Birmingham Careers Service provides careers guidance and support to young people aged up to 19 (up to 25 for those with additional needs)