SKILL ACQUISITIONS Meaning of Skill Acquisition A skill is a special ability acquired through training in order to do something in a better way. Skill is also defined as the ability to bring about some end result with maximum certainty an minimum outlay of time and energy. There is a different between talent and skill. Skill is usually acquired through training from either a formal or an informal setting. Talent is an inborn ability to do certain things. It is possible to be talented but not skilled. The training acquired will help the talented individual to improve on his/her ability. An acquired skill is perfected through constant practice and training. Psychologists believe that when you practice a skill continuous for seven years or 10,000 hours it becomes part of you. Someone who has undergone training to acquire a skill is called a professional or an expert while someone who knows little or nothing about a skill is called a novice. The process of moving from being a novice or unskilled person to a skilled person or a professional is called skill acquisition. Skill acquisition is the process of learning and mastering a particular skill. Reasons for Skill Acquisition \tTo earn a living: Skill could be acquired in order provide a means of livelihood for the individual. The individual uses the money earned from using his skills to meet basic needs. \tFor employment: Acquiring a skill provides an individual with the opportunity of being self-employed. Skill acquisition reduces the stress of seeking for a job all over the place. The more engaged a person is in a profession, the more skillful he/she becomes. Such a person can even earn more money by training others. The person becomes a decision maker and a manager of emergencies \tFor independence: skill acquisition enables one to be independent, not relying on friends and family for survival Other reasons for skill acquisition include: \tRisk taking \tDecision making \tManaging emergency situation \tSurvival strategy \tLearning to live together \tImprovement of quality of life. \tAppreciating human capacity Types of Skills There are different skills that can be acquired and they include: \tAutomobile repairs (mechanical works) \tPainting \tHair dressing/barber's work \tPhotography \tPublishing \tCatering \tPanel beating \tBook binding \tFarming \tComputer literacy \tFine art \tWelding \tBrick laying \tPlumbing \tICT \tMetal work \tElectrical installation \tVideo coverage \tFish farming \tTrading \tShoe making \tFashion designing \tUpholstery/carpentry \tHat/bead making \tDesktop publishing Importance of Skill Acquisition \tImprovement in skills and knowledge. \tImprovement in communication. \tImprovement on the quality of life. \tSurvival strategy. \tMeans of livelihood. \tSelf-gratification and independence. \tMeaningful contribution to the society.