How to Develop Your Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are at the heart of Launch. Why? Because every other aspect of your educational experience—curricular choices, co-curricular involvement, mentors, immersive experiences and more—contribute to your development of these skills.

Building this set of skills makes you a more successful student, and, even further , a valuable employee. And you’ll need these skills throughout your life: Most new graduates can expect to change jobs more than 10 times throughout a career. Transferable skills enable adaptability and agility. Develop them throughout your Launch experience , and leave Drew with a honed set of the flexible competencies most sought by today’s employers: 

Interpretation: Closely examining material to extract meaning and demonstrate comprehension

Critical Thinking: Forming an argument or reaching a conclusion supported with evidence by evaluating, analyzing, and/or synthesizing relevant information

Problem Solving: Analyzing a complex issue and developing a viable strategy to address it.

Ethical Thinking: Analyzing the ethical implications of actions or decisions, with consideration of sociocultural, professional, political, and/or philosophical perspectives

Creative Thinking: Responding to existing ideas, images, or expertise to create an innovative or imaginative product

Quantitative Reasoning: Interpreting quantitative information and critically analyzing quantitative arguments or phenomena

Collaboration: Interacting with others in a mutually supportive way and building on each other’s individual contributions to a common goal

Written Communication: Conveying information and ideas to an intended audience through written materials

Oral Communication: Conveying information and ideas to an intended audience through prepared presentation

Interpersonal Communication: Exchanging information and meaning through verbal and non-verbal expression

Engaging Difference: Inquiring into, analyzing, and reflecting upon one’s own and others’ place within social, economic, cultural, and political systems, in order to build inclusive and equitable relationships and work effectively with others of different identities and locations.

Digital Proficiency: Finding and interpreting digital content; to collaborate (as appropriate) in a digital space, and to design digital communications for an intended audience (Oct. 2020)


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