Week 1: Skills Assessment Instrument INSTRUCTIONS:
NAME “Complete all the cells highlighted in yellow:
1. Type your name in the highlighted cell to the left.
2. Read each of the skills below.
3. In column E, rate each skill in terms of your skill level (1 is not skilled; 5 is highly skilled).
4. In column F, for each skill indicate if you feel that skill is important to your future career success by typing Y (Yes) or N (No).
5. Finally, in a separate Microsoft Word Document, explain the skills you regard as your strengths and those you regard as needing improvement in 2-3 paragraphs. Be thorough in your paragraphs by including examples. Proofread your completed assignment before you submit it. Submit your paper by the assignment deadline. ” “My Current Skill Level
1 = low
5 = high” “Important to My Career Success
Y = Yes
N= No” Comments (Optional)
Basic Skills 1 Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
2 Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
3 Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
4 Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
5 Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
6 Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
7 Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
8 Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
9 Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Interpersonal Skills 10 Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
11 Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
12 Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
13 Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
14 Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
15 Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Technical Skills 16 Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
17 Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
18 Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
19 Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
20 Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
21 Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
22 Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
23 Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
24 Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
25 Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
26 Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Systems Skills 27 Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
28 Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
29 Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Resource Management Skills 30 Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
31 Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
32 Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
33 Time Management Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
Software Application Skills 34 Word Processing Using a computer application to type text, insert pictures, format, edit, print, save, and retrieve word processing documents (e.g., MS Word).
35 Graphics Working with pictures in graphics programs or other applications, including creating simple graphics, manipulating the appearance, and inserting graphics into other programs.
36 Databases Using a computer application to manage large amounts of information, including creating and editing simple databases, inputting data, retrieving specific records, and creating reports to communicate the information (e.g., MS Excel, MS Access)
37 Internet Navigating the Internet to find information, including the ability to open and configure standard browsers; use searches, hypertext references, and transfer protocols; and send and retrieve electronic mail (e-mail).
38 Presentations Using a computer application to create, manipulate, edit, and show virtual slide presentations (e.g., MS PowerPoint).
39 Spreadsheets Using a computer application to enter, manipulate, and format text and numerical data; insert, delete, and manipulate cells, rows, and columns; and create and save worksheets, charts, and graphs (e.g., MS Excel).
40 Navigation Using scroll bars, a mouse, and dialog boxes to work within the computer’s operating system. Being able to access and switch between applications and files of interest.
Complex Problem Solving 41 Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.