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A skill is the capacity to do something very well, which is usually acquired or learned.
Skills are often used to perform tasks in everyday life, you‘ve probably got lots of skills you‘re not even aware of. Finding out what your particular skills are can help you think about what you’d like to study at school, college or University, or what jobs you’d be best suited to do.
Your skills are something that employers are interested in just as much as your qualifications and experience.
Basic skills such as reading, writing and communication are important for everything in life, so it’s essential to learn these skills to the best of your ability.
Key skills are considered to be things like maths, using computers and problem solving - these could also be called practical skills. Practical skills are things like cooking, gardening, DIY or playing a musical instrument.
There are also skills that we use in our everyday lives that describe how we relate to ourselves and other people, like communication, listening, negotiating, managing our time, dealing with our emotions and feelings.
When you are thinking about the skills you have it might be useful to think of them in those three categories, basic skills, personal skills and key/practical skills.