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Growing your Skills

The focus on activities in TY offers a great chance to develop the sort of life skills that really matter as you grow older.

Skills are learnt by doing - this means they develop over time while actively doing something. You can't learn lifeskills from a book, no more than you can learn to drive a car by just reading about it.

A number of TY modules usually involve activities with your classmates, where you have to work together as a group, sharing out different tasks and responsibilities, and discussing how things should be done. Through these activities you have the opportunity to develop what are known as 'soft' skills - those skills that enable people to get along together and produce good work efficiently.

These 'soft' skills are also known as career skills for the same reason - they are the skills that are needed by all people in the workplace in order for them to do their job well.

Some example of soft skills include: 

  1. Positive Attitude
  2. Communication
  3. Time Management 
  4. Problem-Solving
  5. Team Player

These skills can all be developed in Transition Year through activities such as work experience, volunteering, group activities and student enterprise programmes. 

Employers regard career skills as equally important to qualifications - so developing career skills is incredibly important for your future career.