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Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of abilities that can be applied to a wide range of jobs and industries. Use this chart to identify the skills you’ve gained in your experiences—from volunteering and internships to course projects.

Skills Employers Seek

Undergraduate Graduate
Analytical thinking/problem solving
  • Used logic or reasoning to solve a problem
  • Planned a budget for a student organization
  • Identified themes or patterns in data
  • Synthesized data for a course or project
  • Reviewed literature and synthesized findings for academic research
  • Strategized how to approach an experiment more effectively
  • Recognized the core issue within extensive data


  • Solicited funds for a student organization event
  • Persuaded others to successfully complete a project
  • Wrote or edited material
  • Led presentations to students or customers
  • Taught complex concepts to beginners
  • Presented academic research at conferences and in publications
  • Wrote a successful grant proposal
  • Managed a volunteer project
  • Recognized change was necessary and initiated progress
  • Delegated tasks
  • Trained students or staff
  • Led productive class discussions
  • Managed a student organization, research team, or conference
  • Mobilized group decision-making
  • Supervised students or staff
  • Designed a website or marketing promotion
  • Built a prototype for a class
  • Developed an innovative approach to a problem
  • Used visuals to clearly convey a point
  • Restructured an experimental process
  • Taught a difficult concept in a more creative way

  • Partnered effectively with group members for a project
  • Recognized a shared team goal and found ways to be inclusive
  • Overcame a challenge in a student organization
  • Collaborated with challenging lab or team members
  • Participated in creative planning and brainstorming sessions
  • Delegated tasks and came together to integrate findings
Organization/project management
  • Generated a timeline for goals
  • Contributed to multiple projects simultaneously
  • Created a more efficient organizational solution
  • Balanced simultaneous major projects, class deadlines, and research needs
  • Arranged or categorized information
  • Failed at something and recovered quickly
  • Used personal strength and fortitude to overcome a challenge
  • Sought support and expertise
  • Handled rejection of a publication, thesis draft, or research idea
  • Recognized a professional weakness and devised strategies to build strength in that area
  • Completed an assignment with little direction
  • Proposed or implemented a new idea
  • Sought ways to enhance professional development
  • Learned a skill or technique to add value to a project