Your Skills

You already have many of the skills you need to have a rewarding career.

The CDC can help you learn how to put them to work.

Getting Started

As you prepare to visit the CDC, use the following questions to help you start thinking about your skills.

What do you do well?

Think about the things you’re really good at, both in and out of the classroom. Maybe you’re great at giving speeches, or writing essays. Or maybe you excel at cooking, playing basketball, or singing. Figuring out what you do well—in other words, what your skills are—can give you a good starting point for career exploration.

What skills have you used in past jobs?

Think back to your previous employment experiences. What kinds of skills did you use to perform your duties? Whether you mowed lawns, delivered pizza, or answered phones, you developed transferable skills that you can use in a variety of careers.

What do people ask you for help with?

Are your friends always asking you to proofread their papers? Do you help your classmates with their calculus homework? Maybe you’re always being asked to babysit the neighborhood kids, or help fix your friends’ cars. The things that others think you do well are good indicators of your skills.

What skills do you want to build?

You weren’t born knowing how to read, or how to solve a math problem. Skills are learned, and you’ll have many opportunities to build new skills throughout your college experience. It’s important to think about not only the skills you already have but also those you want to develop.

Ready for the next step? Schedule a visit to the CDC, where one of our career advisors can help you identify your current skills and decide which ones you want to build.

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Nikki talks about why it's important to find a career that aligns with your skills.

Your skills are just one of the dimensions of self that should guide your career exploration.