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Identifying Your Transferrable Skills

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Liberal Arts students have many of the skills that employers are desperately seeking, such as: writing, research, critical analysis, and time management.

In addition to the skills that you have developed in the classroom there are numerous other skills that you develop through extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, volunteer work etc.

Although you have the skills that employers are looking for, I find far too often that students come into my office feeling like they have very little to offer.  Many, seem to think that a university degree should be vocational training.  Rather, what we do in a liberal arts degree is teach you to think, reason, deduce, problem-solve, communicate. . . We do not train you for one specific career, we train you for numerous, diverse and ever-changing roles.  A much better preparation for the realities of todays work environment than a focussed vocational training.

So what are some of those transferrable skills?

Communications: speaking effectively, writing concisely, listening attentively, expressing ideas clearly, facilitating discussion, providing appropriate feedback, negotiating, perceiving non-verbal messages, reporting information, editing. . .

Research and Planning:  gathering information, forecasting, predicting, identifying and solving problems, developing ideas and alternatives, organizing,setting goals. . .

Human Relations: Developing rapport, listening, providing support for others, motivating, sharing credit, group work, cooperating. . .

Organization, Management and Leadership:  Initiating new ideas, paying attention to details, managing groups, decision making, managing conflict, coordinating tasks, teaching, coaching . .

General Work Skills: being punctual and reliable, managing time, meeting goals, accepting responsibility, setting and meeting deadlines. . .

All of these skills are in great demand in today’s job market.

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