I was wondering the other day about what skills I had to offer our company. Having had a time out of work so that I could look after my children, I was nervous that I may not have the necessary skills to cope in an office environment. Then I had a look back at my day today.
6.30 – 8.30 am Check work emails, enter into negotiations with a 7 and 4 year old about what to have for breakfast and packed lunch for the day. By 8.30 am everyone is dressed and out the door ready for the school run.
9 am Back home and I have 45 minutes to unpack and reload dishwasher, sort out washing and clean the kitchen before having to make a trip to Tesco’s to shop for PTA Garden Party that I am running the next day.
10 – 11.30 am Tesco’s and then a visit to the local church to borrow crockery for the garden party
11.30 am Back home to issue invoices and emails for work
12 pm Off to a new website launch and networking opportunity for the company.
1.45 pm Back home to deal with work queries and prepare for the after school clubs.
3 pm School pick up!
4pm Arrived at swimming pool for after school swimming lesson for eldest. Have spent 30 minutes trying to keep the youngest from jumping in the pool, kicking the back of everyone’s chairs and generally making a nuisance of himself.
5pm Homework, tea and finish off any work queries
7pm Dinner for adults, and remainder of cakes made for tomorrow’s Garden Party.
So if anyone asks what skills do you have? I think I would answer: organisation, time keeping, negotiation, communication, customer service and teamwork. It doesn’t matter what you do, your life gives you skills that can be used in the workplace. What skills do you have?
Author: Caroline Klamm