Everyone has skills. In fact, everyone has hundreds of skills and each one can be related in some way to one or more occupations. Without ever having had a job, without ever having been trained for a job, you are qualified to perform literally hundreds of types of jobs.
Skills gained from volunteer work, hobbies, education, and other life experiences are just as important as those skills gained from paid work or internships. Does playing sports or video games have anything to do with work? Well, you gain eye-hand coordination, you reason, and you make quick decisions. Those abilities can be related to a number of different jobs.
Once you start thinking about your skills and identifying the skill you have, your areas of strength, your areas for growth, you can use this information for many useful purposes such as
- exploring career, college and training options;
- completing college and scholarship applications;
- writing resumes and cover letters;
- and preparing for interviews.