What is a skill?
In general a skill is an ability that is developed by experience or practice. For example, reading and writing are skills that we begin to acquire at an early age, but we can still develop them further. Becoming a skilled pilot, engineer, project manager, communicator etc. also involves acquiring some essential knowledge and understanding. In the
case of a neuro-surgeon,
for example, this learning
may take many years.
Eventually the integration
of the knowledge and skill
becomes almost automatic.
What is a skill set?
The term ‘skill set’ refers to the combination of skills needed to do a
particular job well. For example, a musician in an orchestra would need:
• a high level of profi ciency in playing a musical instrument
• the ability to read music at speed
• the ability to follow the conductor and accept correction
• the ability to work as part of a team
• self-discipline and perseverance
• reliability and flexibility to work irregular hours.
Whether a person is a research scientist, a football manager or an
astronaut, a particular skill set is necessary for success.
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