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Marketing Yourself as a Successful Science Graduate
Lynette Spooner & Claire McGowan, June 1997

 

Finding and Emphasising Your Transferable Skills

A transferable skill is a skill learnt in one situation that can then be applied in another.

For example, your magnificent 400 page PhD thesis on "The Mating Habits of the Peruvian Spittlebug" taught you a lot about spittlebugs, insect biology, and probably Peru, but you also acquired enduring skills and knowledge that (thankfully) are of use in the real world. These are the skills you acquire "by accident" during the course of the research project, because although they are not formally taught, you just won't survive without them.

Start thinking along the lines of persistance, ability to communicate effectively both orally and in the written form, analytical ability, leadership skills and capability to motivate others, interviewing skills, persuasiveness, ability to plan ahead and organise yourself, equipment, time and other people, logic and rational thinking, teaching skills, budgeting ability, able to conceive of and meet long-term and short-term goals etc etc. These are the skills employers are after, and in conjunction with technical ability and experience, they are a powerful package!

In addition to what you have learnt during your research and thesis writing, you may have developed other skills through community service or involvement in campus activities. How about expertise in public speaking, familiarity with committee structure and functioning, interaction with the media, working with children or young people, ability to interact with many different groups of people, act as an advocate or representative, be at ease in different social situations, confidence in domestic and overseas travel procedures and able to function effective on a very limited personal budget? We hope this gives you some inspiration. Check out the Next Wave site for more information on transferable skills.

 

Centre for Gene Research
Centre for Gene Research
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Centre for Gene Research
Centre for Gene Research
Centre for Gene Research
Centre for Gene Research