It’s important to understand your own personal training needs as the lack of particular skills/knowledge may be a barrier to getting a job. Many careers advisers and consultants can help you to identify your skills and training needs through interviews or assessment aids.
Making your own assessment
A useful exercise to do is to write down what you’re good at and the skills you have developed. You can use this to compare against the requirements of jobs that you’re interested in or applying for. How many ‘Essentials’ do you have and how many ‘Desirable’ attributes are applicable to you? Consider:
- What skills do you have?
- Do you have the attributes an employer is looking for?
- Would training give you better prospects when looking for work?
- What kind of training would suit you? e.g. daytime, evening class
- Can you get help with the costs of training?
Many employers also offer on-the-job training so showing an open mind and a good attitude to learning new skills will also help when applying for jobs. Make your prospective employer aware that you are willing to learn and train if necessary.
If you do identify a need for training see what’s available in your local area. Colleges and adult learning services can provide you with information on what’s available and the costs involved. It’s important to see training as an investment in your future, helping you to secure the job you want.
Further help with Skills and Training
Have a look at the Learn Direct website. They help people get new skills and work towards nationally recognised qualifications.