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Writing Centre Guide: More Resources

Essential Skills

The 9 Essential Skills are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Document Use
  • Numeracy
  • Computer Use/Digital Skills
  • Thinking
  • Oral Communication
  • Working with Others
  • Continuous Learning

Essential Skills Canada Website

 

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Resources

Writing is one of 9 Essential Skills identified by the government of Canada and valued by employers across the country. Did you know that clear, concise, and effective writing is a form of literacy?

Sometimes it is challenging to understand how our writing skills affect our job prospects. Let’s look closer at what Essential Skills Canada says about the importance of writing skills.  We use writing skills to:

  • Organize and record information (e.g. to-do lists, procedures, inventory)
  • Document incidences (e.g. safety reports, incident reports)
  • Provide information to persuade and/or justify requests (e.g. customer communication/emails, funding requests, vacation requests)
  • Request information from others (e.g. asking for support, collaborating on projects, documenting needs)

Believe it or not, writing skills are required and used in each and every profession!  You can find out what Essential Skills, and Writing Skills in particular, are required for your profession in the links below.

NSCC students have access to Lynda.com.  This is a collection of video tutorials and online courses.  There are over 4,000 to choose from! 

Lynda.com tutorials are high-quality resources for faculty, staff, and students looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, the Adobe Creative Suite, project management, time management, and a wide range of other topics and can supplement course work.

Features of Lynda.com include:

  • Download exercise files and practice as you go.
  • Bookmark your favorite courses and/or videos.
  • Create Playlists.
  • Earn a certificate of completion when you have viewed all the videos in a course.
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