Transferable Skills

Adapted front a handout originally by Dr. Larry Shaffer, from Plattsburgh University

Education and leadership opportunities can do a great deal to foster your growth and development. An important part of this development, involves building a number of skills. Transferable skills will transfer to most of the situations in which you will find yourself throughout your life and career. These skills will pay rich dividends in the long run because the content you learn in formal classes goes out‐of‐date very quickly these days, whereas skills are something you build upon and enhance every day.

There are a countless number of transferable skills, most of which are developed through experience beyond the classroom.

Budget Management
Get into a position where you are in charge of a budget, no matter how small. This will give you a chance to learn the compromises which have to be made when trying to responsibly control other peoples’ money.

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Ice Breaking
This includes all the behaviors of dealing with the people who are unknown‐ or hardly known to you. Learn to introduce yourself with first and last names and, where it matters, tell a bit about yourself. Learn how to make people feel comfortable with you in early contacts, such as, recruiting phone calls, interviews and first work sessions.

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Public Relations/Customer Service
Get experience as a “front‐person” for some organization where you will greet visitors, answer phones, give talks to community groups, sell school papers, managing campaigns for student council officers.

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Coping with Deadline Pressure
Demonstrate that you can produce good work when it is required within external deadlines. School opportunities include: newspaper writer, student in class, recitals or performances scheduled for specific dates.

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Negotiating/Arbitrating
Become a person who can resolve differences between two sides of an issue. Represent people on one side of an argument when their views are presented in public, or to people in a position of power. School opportunities include: debates in classes, officers in organizations, formal debate teams, sports officiating.

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Public Speaking
This skill may range from off‐the‐cuff remarks to prepared addresses. Get in the habit of speaking loudly and clearly when addressing groups. Opportunities include: communication classes and many other classes in which students have a chance to speak or answer questions, student council member, and theater.

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Teamwork
Being able to work with others toward a common goal is a “MUST” for your future career. Develop your ability to be a member of a “team” through sports,
your residence floor, and group projects in your classes where you will be expected to “pull your weight” and where you will learn how to talk with someone who is not completing his or her part of the work.

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Leadership
College provides a great opportunity to practice your leadership skills under the supervision of a more experience person. Take a leadership role in the Corps, become an RA, volunteer to be president of a club where you will have to delegate duties and responsibilities.

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Time Management
Get involved in extracurricular activities, whether that means sports, clubs, a part‐time job or a volunteer position within the community, and watch your time management skills develop as you try to juggle your classes, grades and homework with your other interests and obligations.

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Listening
Whether you are in a meeting or at a workshop, your ability to REALLY listen, comprehend and retain what you’ve heard is one of the most important skills you can develop. It not only demonstrates respect, but you’ll be amazed at how this can help you with networking and connecting ideas with people, people to people, and yourself to new opportunities/skills.

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Writing
Learn to write quickly and effectively. Take advantage of opportunities to have other people read and critique your writing. School opportunities include: classes in which there are essay exams and papers, secretary of an organization, newspaper.

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Event Organization/Management/Coordination
Take responsibility for bringing together people, resources, and events in a way that allows you to delegate tasks to others. Opportunities include arranging events of all sorts for school or non‐school groups, including organizing fundraisers, dinners with guest speakers, travel arrangements for a club trip.

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Teaching/Instructing
Learn to present material to others in a way that takes account of the things they already understand. Opportunities include: working in after school programs for children, helping in the library, coaching sports, peer tutor.

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Research and Analysis
Learn how and where to find information and see how various facts and findings impact (analysis) how you change your perceptions. This skill is developed with almost any sort of research paper or laboratory experiment, or with trying to find the most economical form of transportation or housing for your club or team field trip.

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Electronic Information Handling
Learn to use the Internet efficiently. Learn standard software such as Microsoft Office applications. Learn how to construct your own webpage. Understand social and professional networking sites and how they differ.

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Learn How to Learn
School and college are formal teaching settings. After this, most of your learning will have to be self‐initiated. Learn where to find sources of information and how to use them.

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