Assess your competence and preparedness for working life

Think about what you know, what you can do, and what you want from working life. Find out also how your skills correspond to the needs of employers.

What you know and what skills you have 

In your work, studies and hobbies, you have learned to understand different data sets and ways of working.

Skills are the ability to apply your knowledge to perform tasks and solve different problems.

In addition to thinking skills, you also need practical skills, such as the ability to use different tools and working methods.

Do a thorough review of your skills and knowledge. Break down your work history, educational record, and other skill areas into sufficiently small units. This way you will know what you have collected so far in your skills basket. From there, you can pick out the skills and characteristics that best respond to the important question that an employer will ask you: why should I choose you for this job?

Identify technical skills and soft skills

In addition to education and work experience, you have also accumulated the knowledge and skills needed in working life through your life at home and your hobbies. Your professional knowledge and skills and your personal characteristics come together in the different capabilities you have.

In addition to general and specialised technical skills specific to your professional field, you also need soft skills in working life:

  • Technical skills include the use of Excel or mastery of a specific welding method.
  • Soft skills include cooperation skills and organisational capacity.

What general working life skills do employers value?

The Central Chamber of Commerce has produced a report on the kind of skills that companies need. According to the respondents, the most important areas of general competence, regardless of the person’s basic education, are their ability to take initiative and their problem-solving skills.

For those with vocational training, the additional key characteristics are

  • initiative
  • customer service skills
  • teamwork skills.

Students graduating from universities of applied sciences are expected to demonstrate

  • initiative
  • problem-solving skills  
  • customer service skills.

In the case of university graduates, the focus is on

  • management skills
  • business competence
  • problem-solving skills.

Test your preparedness for working life

The Readiness for Working Life tool allows you to assess your capabilities. This tool is primarily intended for those who already have experience of working life.

The aim is to provide you with help in vocational planning and job seeking, such as when considering how you would highlight your skills in a job application or interview.