What are your skills?

We had a meeting with the folks from the Careers and Appointments part of the university today. We were talking about plans for the future, and building on the Careers and Networking event that we had earlier in the year. There's some interesting things coming down the tracks...

Anyhoo, at one point the conversation turned to internships and interviews, and apparently one of the things that you need to have when you are being quizzed for a post is a good solid answer to the question "What are your skills?".

Mentioning your certificate for swimming a width or your high scores in the cycling proficiency test will probably not cut it at this point, neither will going "Meh" and shrugging, so it is worth thinking about what you would say, and how you would back it up. Lines like "I can write programs" are all very well, but you would probably do better if you put the point into a good solid context. Tell them what you made with that skill. Remember that you are actually being given the chance to say nice things about yourself at this point, so be prepared to do just that.

And remember that things like being able to work well in a team, and talk to customers are skills of a sort, and very sought after by potential employers.

Oh, one tip though. Don't tell them that you can do something that you really can't. Claiming a mastery of Python might sound like a hip and happening thing to do, but you might get hit instantly with a really gnarly question about the language.....