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Key Skills in Careers

What are the Key Skills?

 Key skills are the skills that you need in order to operate confidently and successfully in school, college, university, work, training, and life in general.


There are six key skills:



  • taking part in discussions
  • giving presentations
  • reading and understanding information
  • writing different types of documents

Working with Others

  • Working with others, one-to- one and in groups ·
  • Deciding what you want to achieve
  • Making a plan and working with others to achieve your aims
  • Discussing and agreeing improvements

Problem Solving

  • Identifying problems and coming up with different solutions
  • Planning and testing different options
  • Checking whether solutions have worked
  • Reviewing approaches to tackling problems

Information and Communication Technology

  • finding, choosing and using information
  • exploring and developing information
  • presenting information like text, images and numbers

Application of number

  • interpreting different sorts of information
  • carrying out calculations
  • interpreting results
  • presenting and explaining findings

Improving your own Learning and Performance

  • Setting goals and targets for improvement
  • Planning how you will achieve your targets
  • Getting support and feedback from others
  • Reviewing your progress
  • Collecting evidence of your achievements









Why do I need Key Skills?

          • Key Skills are basic skills that affect everything else you do.
          • They can help you achieve higher grades.
          • They can help you do better at work
          • Employers, colleges and universities like them so they can help you get into jobs and courses.
          • They widen your job choice.
          • They allow you flexibility in future job and career moves.
          • They’re also useful in your personal life.