Highlight Your Transferable Skills

What skills do you bring? No matter your field of study, it’s important to speak their language and demonstrate how your academic experiences translate to workplace performance. You've likely already started to develop important skills through your academic and extracurricular activities.

Prepare for interviews by learning what skill sets employers look for, discovering how to develop skills and planning out how you'll discuss these experiences and what they mean for your potential employer.

The following skills are based on nationally recognized criteria from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Career Management

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Digital Technology

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

Global and Intercultural Fluency

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

Oral and Written Communications

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Professionalism and Work Ethic

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

Teamwork and Collaboration

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.