You’re Actually More Skilled Than You Think

by Dan

When thinking about what to put on your CV, most people just write down their academic credentials and the areas in which they have gained certificates. But tech-savvy internet users, gamers and gamblers may have more skills than they realise.

Some of these talents can be applied in real working scenarios. So upon writing your next personal appraisal, why not discuss some of the attributes that you have acquired through not-so-conventional methods that may really appeal to modern employers?

More Skilled

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Decisiveness

There are plenty of games that can improve a key characteristic that is essential for climbing the ladder in the cut-throat world of business – decisiveness. To be able to make the big calls in the real world, try making them in the gaming world first. Sign up now to Betway to be presented with an array of roulette options to improve your resolve. Watch the ball spin around the track and make the split-second decision to put all your chips on red or black. Feel the rush that strong judgments can bring and take that into your working life.

For console gamers, role-playing games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt also contain a number of choices that players only have a few seconds to select. These can lead to dire consequences such as when the Baron chose to hang himself, or they can result in good fortune such as Ciri deciding to become a Witcher. Whatever the outcome, players get to see the effect of their decisions in a game setting before taking those skills to the real world. One day, you may have to make the choice as whether to sack someone or not. You must be able to make careful and wise decisions.

Blackjack

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Memory

Blackjack is now playable on any platform, from desktop computers to tablets and smartphones. You can play it on the move and develop extreme memory skills.

The most adept blackjack players have the potential win probabilities of every possible blackjack hand stored in their brain and it puts them at a heightened advantage. For example, professional players know that if the dealer’s up card is a 5 they have a 42.89{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b} chance of busting, and the player has an advantage of 23.9{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b}. With this knowledge, based on the player’s own hand they can decide whether to hit, stand, or double down. Blackjack players should also try to keep track of which cards have come out of the deck, another aspect that requires a solid memory.

You can bring these skills to a job setting by being able to recall facts and statistics to support your argument in meetings and dealings with clients. Employers will also be seduced by potential employees who are reliable and never forget appointments.

Multitasking

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Multitasking

Tablet and smartphone users develop some crazy multitasking proficiency without even realising it. Ever since the idea of easy-to-open apps and pick-up-and-play games for mobile came about, users have been switching between tasks on their devices and in real life in tandem. If you have ever been on the train to work, playing Candy Crush, while alternating between answering work emails, when your phone rings and you answer it and have a social conversation you will understand.

Juggling different things at the same time is a handy ability to have in busy office situations where wide varieties of targets need to be met along with maintaining good working relationships.

Of course, your favourite tech pastime may not have been covered here. If you enjoy sports games it can help add to your competitive nature, or if you are a MMORPG player you may be a great people person. Remember, some of the things you enjoy in your free time could also be helping you gain valuable skills for the workplace.

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