Transferable Skills

Information Management Skills:

Ability to …

  • Sort data and objects
  • Compile and rank information
  • Apply information creatively to specific problems or tasks
  • Synthesize facts, concepts and principles
  • Understand and use organizing principles
  • Evaluate information against appropriate standards

Design and Planning Skills:

Ability to …

  • Identify alternative courses of action
  • Set realistic goals
  • Follow through with a plan or decision
  • Manage time effectively
  • Predict future trends and patterns
  • Accommodate multiple demands for commitment of time, energy and resources
  • Assess needs
  • Make and keep a schedule
  • Set priorities

Valuing Skills:

Ability to …

  • Assess a course of action in terms of its long-range effects on the general human welfare
  • Make decisions that will maximize both individual and collective good
  • Appreciate the contributions of art, literature, science and technology to contemporary society
  • Identify one’s own values
  • Assess one’s values in relation to important life decisions

Human Relations and Interpersonal Skills:

Ability to …

  • Keep a group “on track” and moving toward the achievement of a goal
  • Maintain group cooperation and support
  • Delegate tasks and responsibilities
  • Interact effectively with peers, superiors, and subordinates
  • Express one’s feelings appropriately/understand the feelings of others
  • Use argumentation techniques to persuade others
  • Make commitments to people
  • Be willing to take risks
  • Teach a skill, concept or principle to others
  • Analyze behavior of self and others in group situations
  • Demonstrate effective social behavior in a variety of settings and under different circumstances
  • Work under time and environmental pressures

Research and Investigation Skills:

Ability to …

  • Use a variety of sources of information
  • Apply a variety of methods to test the validity of data
  • Identify problems and needs
  • Design an experiment plan or model that systematically defines a problem
  • Identify information sources appropriate to special needs or problems
  • Formulate questions relevant to clarifying a particular problem, topic or issue

Communication Skills:

Ability to …

  • Listen with objectivity and paraphrase the content of a message
  • Use various forms and styles of written communication
  • Speak effectively to individuals or groups use media formats to present ideas imaginatively
  • Express one’s needs, wants, opinions and preferences without offending the sensitivities of others
  • Identify and communicate value judgments effectively
  • Describe objects or events with a minimum of factual errors
  • Convey a positive self-image to others

Critical Thinking Skills:

Ability to …

  • Identify quickly and accurately the critical issues when making a decision or solving a problem
  • Identify a general principle that explains interrelated experiences or factual data
  • Define the parameters of a problem
  • Identify reasonable criteria for assessing the value or appropriateness of an action or behavior
  • Adapt one’s concepts and behavior to changing conventions and norms
  • Apply appropriate criteria to strategies and action plans
  • Take given premises and reason to their conclusion
  • Create innovate solutions to complex problems
  • Analyze the interrelationships of events and ideas from several perspectives

Management and Administration Skills:

Ability to …

  • Analyze tasks
  • Identify people who can contribute to the solution of a problem or task
  • Identify resource materials useful in the solution of a problem
  • Delegate responsibility o f completion of a task
  • Motivate and lead people
  • Organize people and tasks to achieve specific goals

Personal/Career Development Skills:

Ability to …

  • Analyze and learn from life experiences – both one’s own and others’
  • Relate the skills developed in one environment (e.g., school) to the requirements of another environment (e.g., work)
  • Match knowledge about one’s own characteristics and abilities to information about job or career opportunities
  • Identify, describe and assess the relative importance of one’s needs, values, interests, strengths and weaknesses
  • Develop personal growth goals that are motivating
  • Identify and describe skills acquired through formal education and general life experiences
  • Identify one’s own strengths and weaknesses
  • Accept and learn from negative criticism
  • Generate trust and confidence in others
  • Take risks
  • Accept the consequences of one’s actions
  • “market” oneself to prospective employers