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See Your Skill Gaps


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Have a career goal in mind? See if there are any skills gaps as you move from one career to another.

You know your career goal, but will you need any training to get there? One way to find out is to see if you have any skill gaps. A skill gap happens when the skills you have do not match up to the skills needed for the new job. A skill gap can also happen when the level of skill required is higher than your past experience.

Skill gaps are common. Related careers share many qualities, but there will often be areas that need to be learned.

How Do I Find Out My Skill Gaps?

One way to determine your skill gaps is to take a skills assessment. Many tools let you compare a career you have had in the past with a new one and see where the gaps are. Here are two tools you can use to do this:

mySkills myFuture

This national tool helps users find and explore new career options by focusing on skills. It identifies the transferable skills you gained from previous jobs and shows you career options based on those skills.

Used in a slightly different way, the tool can also help you identify your skill gaps. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to mySkills myFuture
  2. Enter the job title of your career goal. This will give you a general overview of the career.
  3. Enter your current or previous job title in the upper right corner of the screen. The profile will change to compare these two careers.
  4. The "Skills & Knowledge Gaps" section shows any gaps between these two careers. It will look something like this:

    GAP Example

    Most gap areas will also include a link to "Find Training for this Gap" that will connect you with training options.

Job Skills Transfer Assessment Tool (JOBSTAT)
JOBSTAT is a Minnesota tool to help you find careers that are a good match for you based on your work experience. It also has a skills gap function. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Go to JobSTAT
  2. Select your current or previous job title by searching or browsing the list. This will give you a list of careers that closely match your experience.
  3. Select the "Skills Gap" link for one of the related careers. This will show you any gaps between these two careers. It will look something like this:

    GAP Example