What are Pre-Vocational Skills?

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Business Emails Lesson Plan

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:02 Pro-Vocational Skills
  • 0:36 Personal Skills
  • 3:33 Interpersonal Skills
  • 5:15 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has taught high school and college biology and has a master's degree in cancer biology.

This lesson describes pre-vocational skills. We will take an in-depth look at each skill that is classified as pre-vocational and why it is important.

Pre-Vocational Skills

You've probably been doing a lot of thinking about which career field you want to enter. Meanwhile, you want to start preparing yourself in any way that you can for your best shot at success. While you will learn many skills when you start training for a specific career, you can always make sure you have good pre-vocational skills. These are the set of skills that a person should have prior to entering any career field. This lesson takes a look at personal and interpersonal pre-vocational skills that are important for success in any field.

Personal Skills

There are several important personal pre-vocational skills. The first set of skills involves self-discipline. When we are younger, we do what we are so supposed to do because our parents or another authority make us do so. We are expected to be able to take over this duty for ourselves as we develop into adults. This becomes very important as we prepare to go into any vocation.

A fundamental self-discipline skill involves being responsible, honest, and operating with integrity. This means doing what you're supposed to do when you are supposed to do it. If you have integrity, you are responsible even when no one is watching. You hold yourself to the highest standards as your own authority figure.

Another element of self-discipline is to make proper use of your time to be efficient in any vocation, so time management skills are of the utmost importance. This means utilizing time wisely, not wasting time, setting a schedule to ensure you meet deadlines, planning your time, and sticking to the plan. Also, good time management means you are punctual.

Other personal pre-vocational skills do not fall directly under self-discipline, but they involve your personal behavior and traits. In any workplace, you need to properly keep up your personal hygiene and professional appearance. This includes everything from being clean to having an appropriate hair style and attire for a vocation. Whether you are expected to wear a 3-piece suit, scrubs, or a uniform, it should be clean, neat, and wrinkle-free.

Problems can enter every area of our lives, and your vocation will be no exception. Your problem-solving skills can help any company, manager, or boss to feel confident in your abilities on the job. Simple problems related to your job should be solved by you.

Along with being able to solve problems, you need to be able to think critically. Employers desire employees that are able to make inferences and come to logical conclusions without having to have everything spelled out. Once you know the basic information about any subject or job, you should be able to figure out more complex information regarding the subject or job.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account