Transferrable skills

Put your degree to work.

When contemplating your how your Western degree translates to work, many feel they don’t have specific skills to offer prospective employers.

This, of course, is entirely untrue, but easy to think when you are surrounded by people who have similar skill sets. Below is a listing of some examples of the kinds of skills that a Western degree can develop.

Research & Information Management

  • Identify sources of information applicable to a given problem 
  • Gather relevant information using library and internet resources 
  • Understand and synthesize large quantities of information 
  • Design and analyze surveys 
  • Develop organizing principles to sort and evaluate data effectively

Analysis & Problem-Solving 

  • Define a problem and identify possible causes 
  • Comprehend a large amount of information and identify the elements relevant to the problem at hand 
  • Form and defend independent conclusions 
  • Design an experiment, plan, or model that defines a problem, tests potential resolutions and/or implements a solution 
  • Develop criteria to evaluate different possible courses of action

Project Management & Organization 

  • Manage a project from beginning to end 
  • Manage several projects at once 
  • Identify goals and/or tasks to be accomplished 
  • Develop realistic timeline for completion of project 
  • Prioritize tasks 
  • Anticipate potential problems 
  • Maintain flexibility in the face of changing circumstances (new information or a change in resource availability) 

Project Management & Organization 

  • Manage a project from beginning to end 
  • Manage several projects at once 
  • Identify goals and/or tasks to be accomplished 
  • Develop realistic timeline for completion of project 
  • Prioritize tasks 
  • Anticipate potential problems 
  • Maintain flexibility in the face of changing circumstances (new information or a change in resource availability)

Written & Oral Communication 

  • Prepare concise and logically-written materials 
  • Organize and communicate ideas effectively in oral presentations to small and large groups 
  • Ability to write at a variety of levels 
  • Attentive to audience knowledge and needs and able to shape oral and written presentations appropriately 
  • Debate issues in a collegial and courteous manner and effectively participate in group discussions 
  • Use logical argument to persuade others 
  • Explain complex or difficult concepts in basic terms and language 
  • Write effective grant proposals 

Interpersonal & Leadership 

  • Facilitate group discussions or conduct meetings 
  • Motivate others to complete projects (group or individual) 
  • Respond appropriately to positive or negative feedback 
  • Effectively mentor subordinates and/or peers 
  • Collaborate on projects 
  • Teach skills or concepts to others 
  • Able to navigate complex bureaucratic environments

Self-Management & Work Habits 

  • Work effectively under pressure and to meet deadlines (good time management) 
  • Comprehend new material and subject matter quickly (fast learner) 
  • Work effectively with limited supervision 
  • Able to thrive in a competitive environment 
  • Disciplined worker 
  • Attentive to detail