Transferable Skills

teamwork represented with pawns
"Team concept with four pawn figurines" by wuestenigel | CC BY 2.0

Tues., October 15, 2019

Transferable skills are not just technical skills like data analysis or writing. Your leadership, teamwork, and other similar skills can also help you in the job search.
Person jumping through mountain cliffs to success
"Jumping through mountain cliff to success" by Jon Kenfield | CC BY 2.0

Tues., Oct. 1, 2019

Reflect on the work you’ve done as a graduate student: mastering course content, conducting research, preparing laboratory experiments or lectures, teaching classes, or writing papers, articles, or a dissertation. What skills have you developed as a result of these experiences that could be valuable in another setting? These skills – referred to as transferable skills – are those that you develop in one area that are useful across all professions and settings. This article will help you think about some of the technical and specialized transferable skills you’ve developed in graduate school.
A young entrepreneur selling lemonade on a hot day
A young entrepreneur" by rachaelvoorhees

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

An entrepreneurial mindset will help you as you embark on your career—whether you want to work in a non-profit, in industry, or in academia. If you take charge of your career while in graduate school, you'll dictate your course, not the other way around.

Good news: Leadership skills can be learned!

You may be in your second or third year of graduate school, and chances are good that you’re already setting long-term goals. Career-wise, you know where you want to be in ten years. But how do you get there?

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bogenfreund | flickr

An elevator speech is a 30–60 second summary of your research interests, main findings, and their importance to society. It's a good way to introduce yourself and your work, whether it's to professional colleagues at a conference or a job interview or just explaining your work to your neighbors and new acquaintances.

IN HER ARTICLE Transferring Your Skills to a Non-Academic Setting in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Margaret Newhouse, cautions against falling into the trap of believing that if you ar

Clear and logical delivery of your ideas and scientific results is an important component of a successful scientific career.

As summer approaches, you may want to update your resume in anticipation of a future job search.

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