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Internship Planning

Transferable Skills Defined

Employers and counselors talk a lot about assessing your skills. This list of definitions will help you understand the variety of skills relevant to a variety of careers and jobs. Use this list to assess your own skills, as well as identify the transferable, functional abilities that are required in many problem solving and task-oriented situations.


Giving feedback - report to others your observations about their work and behavior; do this as a supervisor, counselor, or in any role where feedback is important Technical writing - effectively express technical ideas and terms in non-technical ways; make technical reports understandable for other non-technical readers Negotiating - bargain or discuss competitive viewpoints to reach a compromise Conversational ability - relate easily in social situations which involve a diverse group of people (i.e. parties, receptions, etc.) Persuading - convince others to consider your plans or ideas; encourage others to support your objectives Interviewing - acquire information about an individual by meeting him/her in person Listening - hear and understand the messages and feelings communicated by others Presenting/public speaking - deliver talks, speeches or presentations; effectively communicate to a wide range of diverse public audiences Selling - convince others to purchase products or services that you sell Teaching/training - help others understand ideas and/or procedures; provide knowledge and insight to help learners fulfill their capabilities Group facilitation - create and implement a structure that enables a group to meet its stated objectives Telephone skills - communicate effectively with someone over the telephone


Anticipating problems - predict difficulties that may occur organizationally, in production, and/or among people
Attention to detail - work with a great variety and/or volume of information without losing track of the big picture; enthusiastic about tasks that are important parts of a larger project Creating new ideas - imagine and develop new concepts and programs; approach existing elements in new ways; merge abstract ideas to form original solutions to problems Planning - plan ways to solve an organizations problems; design future objectives and goals for the organization Visualization - approach potential problems and their solutions visually, through pictures, diagrams, graphs, flow charts, or other visual forms


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Delegating - give considerable responsibility to others, making sure they understand what to do and have the authority to carry it out Administering/coordinating - develop programs and/or ideas through rigorous preparation and task arrangement; acquire the resources necessary to operate the program Organizing people - coordinate and motivate the people necessary to operate a plan Decision making - make judgments or reach conclusions about specific actions; accept the responsibility for such actions Leading - provide direction and purpose for an organization; inspire employees to cooperate and work toward common goals; help employees understand the importance of the organizations goals and policies Supervising/motivating others - give direction to employees; inspire employees to do their best work

Time management - make effective use of limited time, direct energy toward goals
Problem solving - generate possible solutions to a problem, decide which solutions will yield the best results


Budget - coordinate an organizations cash flow so that funds are used for their intended purposes and spending does not exceed available resources Compute - manipulate quantitative data rapidly, demonstrating considerable accuracy Mathematical/statistical analysis - reason quantitatively so that projects having mathematical parameters may be solved or better understood

Accept and learn from feedback - adapt behavior to take advantage of constructive feedback; offer positive and constructive feedback to others Adaptability - be flexible when work assignments, information, or the goals of a project change; adapt to changing environments
Meet deadlines - organize work to meet externally imposed time limits

Promptness - arrive on time for all occasions

Quick learning - absorb new concepts rapidly; process information, and apply it to existing problems Self-initiative - proactive; ability and desire to reach goals with minimum external supervision Receiving directions - accurately follow directions Thinking on your feet - generate responses to questions and concerns in public situations without prior knowledge of the questions

COMPUTER AND INTERNET SKILLS Computer languages - understand and apply various languages to program computers and develop systems Software development/programming - develop computer programs to solve problems, instruct, or provide other information Equipment repair - given a variety of equipment breakdowns or problems, restore computer equipment to fully functioning capacity

COMPUTER AND INTERNET SKILLS - continued from previous page Systems analysis - develop systems of information which enable computers to effectively serve the goals of an organization Software applications - ability to use various software programs, such as word processors, database managers or Internet navigators Web publishing ability to design, create, edit, and publish documents, videos, music, websites, animations Desktop publishing - format and combine text, numerical data, photographs, charts, and other visual graphic elements to produce publication-ready material Blogging - ability to create and maintain a blog Online Multimedia - ability to create or work with Flash, videos, animation, slideshows, music RESEARCH/INVESTIGATION Research - gather information for personal knowledge or a specific project; relay information accurately Observe - acquire data through observing people, their behavior, physical phenomena, or technical procedures Think critically - carefully examine the different ways to view and understand a problem; evaluate the different perspectives by applying appropriate criteria Analyze data - interpret quantitative and verbal information to solve problems Diagnose - identify the nature and cause of problems Evaluate - decide between the relative merits and drawbacks of people or projects Conduct surveys - organize samples of people for implementation of systematic interviews, so that their responses to certain questions are compiled, analyzed and interpreted OTHER SPECIAL SKILLS Artistic - draw or create images, work creatively with different raw materials, or otherwise blend existing elements into new forms that draw upon the senses; have a keen sense of the aesthetic Foreign languages - speak, read and write with some facility in different languages; be aware of the cultures that speak these languages Mechanical or precision work - effectively use and understand how tools and machines operate; be able to operate these machines with care and accuracy Construction or assembly - put together equipment or other physical objects; have excellent spatial perception Physical coordination - adept with ones body and hands so that a variety of physical tasks can be performed fluidly and efficiently Technical - work easily with practical, mechanical, or industrial aspects of job


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