Why are skills, qualifications and behaviours important?
When you’re at the start of your career, employers use qualifications – most often your school grades – as a baseline to assess whether you’re suitable for a job. There’s usually a minimum grade requirement that you need to meet.
But give examples of the right skills and behaviours too, and you’ll get a head start – since you’re bringing extra value – particularly when there are lots of applicants for a job.
Also, as you progress in your career, the qualifications you gain at school or college will become less relevant. While your experience, and the soft skills and behaviours you develop, become more important.
Read about the 10 skills and behaviours valued by employers.
Qualifications, skills and behaviours are all important in subtly different ways:
Qualification: You need a driving licence to drive a car
Skill: You need to be good at problem solving if you need to manoeuvre into a tricky parking spot
Behaviour: Being responsible means not driving too fast