Professional Skills

Professional skills are ‘skills that graduates need to succeed in professional practice’ (Purnell. K, 2009). These are becoming increasingly important in our rapidly changing workforce as we aspire to immerse learners in the real world context of 21st century learning. 

In order to successfully adapt oneself to the idea of acquiring professional skills a breakdown of the attributes must first be sought. Within the context of professional skills are two sub skills these are known as ‘Generic’ and ‘Job Specific’ skills. Generic Skills can also be referred to as foundation or basic skills; these facilitate the acquisition of all other skills and can be transferable across any chosen field of work for example, oral and listening communication skills and ethical practices. Job Specific Skills, however, are those that assist in furthering ones knowledge and ability to enhance their career in a chosen field of expertise.
For education purposes the graduate Learning Manager will strive to ensure attributes such as Communication, Problem solving, Critical thinking, Information, literacy, Team work, Information technology, Cross cultural competence and Ethical practice (Purnell. K, 2009).