Ohio University Office of Career Services

Develop your transferable skills by Alyse K

With ever increasing competitiveness in the job market, transferable skills are an essential skill set to posses. Transferable skills are skills which you acquire through experiences and apply to present or future practices. Employers look to these skills in addition to your education and training to determine not only performance efficiency but also work environment fit. Whether deliberately or inadvertently acquired; college is the perfect time to begin developing your transferable skills set. Key skills that employers seek in a candidate include, but are not limited, to the following:

•    Communication
•    Teamwork
•    Leadership
•    Problem-solving
•    Technical

Every person’s skill set will vary so it is important to analyze your past experiences and skills to determine how you can be an asset to future employers. Assessing your skill set requires time and thought, but the end result is well worth the effort! To develop these skills we suggest that students become involved on campus. Outlets for involvement can be found by visiting the Campus Involvement Center, or speaking with advisers and faculty members.

—Sarah Meadows, Graduate Assistant-Outreach to Student Groups


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