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Freshman Year Self Assessment

There are two general methods you may use to identify and analyze your personal skills: (a) recognition of skills formal checklist; (b) recall key life experiences, and extraction of skills from these experiences. We shall see in the suggested table of Skills X Achievements, your results from these two exercises can be “skillfully” integrated.

Exercise: skills identification checklist

  1. Look through the list of functional (liberal) skills on the following pages. Check each one that you feel you have demonstrated to your own satisfaction;
  2. Check only those skills that you enjoy using;
  3. It is not necessary that your excel in a particular skill area in order to check it. You qualify for the skill if you believe that you are somewhat better than people of your age and experience.
  4. Rank these skills in two ways, 1-according to how much you enjoy them, 2-according to how prominent the strength is compared to others on your list (these two sets of rankings should correlate rather closely).

Functional skills

Writing

  • copy writing for sales
  • creative writing, prose, poetry, expository writing, essays, reports,
  • memo writing, writing for a popular audience. (journalism)

Representing
representing an employer to the public


Making Layouts
for printed media, newspapers, etc. for public displays, as in posters

Sketching
pictures of things, people, diagrams, charts, other symbols


Assembling
technical apparatus or equipment items of information into a coherent

Using Instruments

  • of a scientific nature
  • of a medical nature
  • related to motion
  • transportation

Inspecting

  • physical objects, to meet standards
  • people, to determine criteria, or detect information

Appraising

  • evaluating programs or services
  • judging the value of property
  • evaluating performance of individuals

Editing

  • newspaper
  • magazine pieces
  • book manuscripts
  • other manuscripts

Administering

  • a department of people
  • programs
  • a specific activity, such as a test

Deciding

  • making decisions about the use of money
  • making decisions involving the physical safety of others
  • making decisions about alternative courses of action

Classifying

  • sorting information into categories
  • deciding about placement of people into programs

Researching

  • Extracting information from library
  • obtaining information directly from people
  • obtaining information from physical data

Analyzing

  • quantitative data
  • statistical data
  • physical or scientific data
  • human/social situations

Rewriting

  • technical language into popular form
  • revising articles or manuscripts

Timing

  • Organizing time efficiently so that many tasks are completed in finite time period
  • arranging an event so that it occurs are precisely the right moment

Coordinating

  • numerous events involving different people
  • great quantities of information
  • activities in different physical locations events in time sequence

Auditing
assessing the financial status of an organization


Recruiting
attempting to acquire the services of people for an organization

Interviewing

  • evaluating applicants to an organization
  • obtaining information from others

Processing

  • the orderly flow of electronic data
  • introducing an individual to the procedures of an organization
  • identifying the human interactions taking place in a group
  • channeling information through a system

Investigating

  • seeking information which individuals may attempt to keep secret
  • seeking the underlying causes for a problem

Corresponding

  • answering inquiries by mail initiating letters with others
  • soliciting business by direct mail

Treating
treating physical ailments of humans, animals


Controlling

  • exercising financial control
  • crowd behavior
  • behavior of children environmental control operations

Protecting

  • protecting people from physical harm
  • property from people
  • building protective devices or equipment
  • preventing destructive natural phenomena

Observing

  • physical phenomena with great accuracy
  • behavior of human beings
  • social/historical changes

Collecting
money or services from people who owe items from widely scattered sources many items in a single class (e.g. stamps)


Interpreting

  • other languages
  • obscure phrases or passages English
  • meaning associated with statistical data

Examining

  • administering written tests
  • making a financial assessment
  • looking for physical/medical symptoms

Questioning

  • obtaining evidence in legal situations
  • asking creative questions in fluid situations

Exhibiting

  • showing publicly
  • or demonstrating

Distributing

  • products to people personally
  • marketing products effectively
  • making them available to possible customers.

Record Keeping

  • orderly keeping of numerical data records
  • keeping log of sequential information
  • creating and maintaining files
  • clear and accurate financial records
  • orderly record of services rendered

Speaking

  • speaking publicly to an audience
  • speaking individually to many people
  • speaking on electronic media (radio TV)
  • speaking with clear diction

Serving

  • providing a service to an individual
  • serving a product (e.g. food) to individuals

Advising

  • giving financial counsel
  • advice
  • advice in an educational system

Measuring
obtaining accurate scientific measurements


Mapping

  • mapping geographical
  • physical boundaries and space
  • putting sequences of events into graphic form

Predicting

  • forecasting physical phenomena
  • forecasting psychological/social events
  • forecasting the outcomes of contests
  • forecasting economic data

Coaching

  • artistically (visual arts
  • performing arts) new ideas for an organization
  • new ways of solving mechanical problems
  • inventing new apparatus
  • equipment

Repairing

  • mechanical devices
  • equipment furniture
  • doors
  • walls
  • etc.

Negotiating

  • financial contracts
  • between individuals or groups in conflict

Committee Working

  • Attaining objectives through committee processes
  • creating and implementing committee structures

Designing

  • physical interiors of rooms
  • exteriors of buildings
  • plans involving processing of information

Printing

  • using mechanical printing equipment
  • printing letters carefully by hand

Selling

  • selling ideas to others personally
  • selling ideas with words
  • selling products to individual households
  • selling govt. policies to the public

Counseling

  • helping people with personal/emotional concerns
  • helping people with life development concerns; career
  • finances
  • etc.
  • helping people with educational plans
  • helping people with family matters

Confronting

  • obtaining decisions from reluctant dragons
  • giving bad news to others who are unwilling to disclose it
  • resolving personal conflicts with others

Politicking

  • generating support for one's ideas within an organization
  • generating financial support form another agency or organization
  • attempting to influence policy within an organization or company

Explaining

  • justifying one’s actions to others
  • making obscure ideas clear to others

Planning

  • anticipating future needs of a company or organization
  • scheduling a sequence of events
  • arranging an itinerary
  • for a trip

Obtaining Information

  • from written sources
  • documents
  • from unwilling individuals

Preparing

  • scientific equipment or specimens
  • written materials for a presentation

Promoting

  • through written media
  • on a personal basis
  • one-to-one
  • arranging financial backing

Constructing

  • mechanical apparatus
  • physical objects
  • furniture
  • etc.
  • involving house construction or similar

Compiling

  • gathering numerical
  • statistical data
  • accumulating facts in a given topic area

Setting Up

  • arranging for a demonstration of some physical apparatus
  • getting people and things ready for a show
  • an exhibit
  • or such

Reviewing

  • re-assessing the effects of a program
  • re-assessing the performance of an individual
  • evaluating a play
  • an exhibit
  • or such

Evaluating

  • assessing a program to determine
  • its success in meeting its objectives
  • judging the performance of an individual

Calculating

  • performing mathematical computations
  • assessing the risks of an
  • activity that is contemplated

Translating

  • expressing the words of one language in the words of another
  • reducing sophisticated language to simpler terms

Estimating

  • judging the likely costs of an operation
  • projecting possibilities of future income
  • judging physical space accurately

Dispensing

  • information to the public
  • materials
  • equipment
  • medicines
  • etc.

Displaying

  • ideas in artistic form
  • pictures for public display
  • products in store windows
  • equipment
  • mechanical devices

Locating

  • finding people who are missing
  • detecting missing information
  • identifying sources of help for others

Arranging

  • social functions
  • events
  • meetings between specific people

Group Facilitating

  • facilitating the positive interaction of members of a group
  • specific facilitation involving therapy

Recording

  • numerical
  • quantitative data
  • scientific data
  • using instruments
  • using audio or video recorders

Operating

  • scientific equipment
  • mechanical devices
  • vehicles
  • etc.
  • electronic data equipment
  • computers
  • etc.

Handling Complaints

  • from customers of retail stores
  • from stockholders of corporations
  • from citizens to government agencies
  • from parents of school or college students

Teaching

  • in the school or college classrooms
  • individuals to perform certain tasks (training)
  • tutoring individuals in certain subjects

Rehabilitating

  • helping people to resume use of physical limbs
  • working with patients through non-physical media
  • such as art
  • music
  • etc.

Laboratory Working

  • setting up scientific equipment
  • obtaining results from controlled experiments

Supervising

  • directly overseeing the work of others in a white-collar setting
  • supervising laborers physical workers
  • overseeing a physical plant
  • building set of apartments etc.

Updating

  • keeping a file of information up-to-date
  • completing historical record of a person
  • acquiring new information on an old topic

Proposal Writing

  • for government funding
  • for revising in-house operations

Budgeting

  • outlining the costs of a project
  • assuring that money will not be spent that exceeds available funds using money efficiently
  • economical

Developing Mathematical Models

  • for scientific phenomena
  • for behavioral phenomena
  • for economic phenomena

Dramatizing
business/commercial ideas