Check and develop your skills

It can be quite difficult to understand, describe or just work out what skills you have. In this section we have provided a few fun links to assessments, tests and also free training programmes which will allow you to bring certain identified skills up to a level required for your dream job. It may be that you just want to do some quick upskilling or that you want to embark on some more intensive and career focussed training.

Take some time to have a play, do your research and get your job hunting head on.

Take the quizzes

National Careers Service Skills assessment

This simple assessment matches your skills to particular sectors

National Careers Service Skills assessment

Sort Your Future Out

A quick, fun way of checking the types of jobs you might like

Sort Your Future Out

The Buzz Quiz

Find out how the way you work and your personality affects your style at work: what's your animal?

The Buzz Quiz

Think about your transferable skills

Transferable skills are those skills you can take from previous working experience but if you don’t have any specific work experience, you can demonstrate these skills through your own life experiences, hobbies, voluntary work or even recreational activities.

You can think about the types of skills you have in terms of soft or employability skills and relate them to many different types of work or sector skills.

Here is a top 10 list of soft skills that employers love to see but there are many more you might be able to list and refer to in your CV or an application form.

  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Persuasion
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Leadership
  • Time Management
  • Effective Listening

Some of these are listed and described on the Government’s Job Help website.

Useful links

Careers advice

Making Careers Choices

Getting a job

Progressing Your Career

Changing Career

BBC Bitesize Careers

    Skills Development Courses

    Collyer's Adult Education

    Chichester College Group

    Aspire Sussex and  The Skills Network


    Rewards Adult Learning Courses


    LinkedIn Soft Skills Courses

    Lifetime Skill Guarantee (free adult learning from the Government)

    West Sussex Library Service Skills Development

    The Skills Toolkit