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Due to the variety of job roles found in the public sector, the skills required can also vary greatly. Having said that, an essential requirement for all the professions is the desire to help others and the ability to work well with other colleagues and the public. To do this you will need to have excellent communication skills as well as be a good team player.

We take a look at some of the individual professions now to discover the specific skills and personality traits you will need to succeed.

Healthcare professionals

Allied Health Professionals

  • Knowledgeable about healthcare equipment
  • Interested in human behaviour
  • Professional and mature manner.

Dentistry

  • Willingness to carry on training and understand new scientific discoveries
  • Good dexterity
  • Good eyesight and colour vision
  • Work well with people.

Medical

  • Care about people
  • An enquiring mind using a rational methodology
  • An open mind
  • Creativity
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Not afraid of hard work and long hours
  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Decisive.

Healthcare science

  • Interest in science and technology
  • Happy to work with complicated equipment
  • Extremely good attention to detail.

Management

  • Ability to get things done
  • Understand others point of view
  • Very good organisational skills
  • Good numeracy skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Creativity to find solutions
  • Leadership skills
  • Commitment to the ideals of the NHS
  • Determination.

Midwifery/nursing

  • Excellent people skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Interested in a range of psychological and physical conditions (relating to pregnancy and birth).
  • Offer advice and knowledgeable about the whole process
  • Cope well in emotionally charged work environments.

Emergency services

Ambulance

  • Excellent driving skills
  • Initiative and decision-taking skills
  • Calm and reassuring manner.

Police

  • Meet daily challenges
  • Take responsibility
  • Work as a team
  • Gain the respect of the community.

Fire and Rescue

  • Commitment to diversity and integrity
  • Openness to change
  • Confidence and resilience
  • Ability to work very well as a team
  • Effective communicator
  • Commitment to others and your own development
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Situational awareness
  • Commitment to excellence.

Civil service

Civil Service

  • Have the confidence to lead on decision making
  • Proactive and take the initiative
  • Ability to work well as a team, building relationships, trust and respect
  • Good communication and negotiating skills in order to persuade and explain
  • Flexible and ability to think creatively
  • Manage projects effectively in order to meet ongoing objectives for larger scale projects.

International organisations

  • Second language
  • Analytical skills
  • Effective team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Keen interest in the organisation policies and agenda.

Intelligence agencies

  • Enquiring mind
  • Good judgement
  • Adaptable
  • Collaborative approach
  • Persuasion skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Resilience
  • Discretion
  • Patience
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Attention to detail.

Armed forces

RAF, The Royal Navy, The British Army

  • Analytical skills
  • Resilience
  • Collaborative approach
  • Persuasion skills
  • Good judgement
  • Adaptable
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Situational awareness
  • Commitment to diversity and integrity.
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