Skills are an important component of your self-assessment. Most skills are learned to some extent. Your aptitude is your ability to learn a skill. It is important to realize you may be interested in an area or field, but you may not be skilled in it. Depending on your aptitude for the skill, you can become a master of it. Surgeons are not born being able to perform brain surgery. They have to learn about human anatomy, surgery, and many other skills. Think about the experiences you have had (class projects, work crew, community engagement, summer jobs, internships, etc.). Use this Skills Checklist to help you identify those skills.