Transferable Skills Inventories
Graduate students and postdocs: Did you know that your transferable skills are in high demand by employers? It's true.
It is easy to figure out what skills you have to offer future employers by completing at least one transferable skills checklist. These checklist can also help you determine what new skills you need to master before you hit the job market.
A variety of free transferable skills checklists are available from trusted sources. A few recommended sites:
- For science majors, my Individual Development Plan (myIDP) will help you explore career possibilities and set goals to follow the career path that fits you best. The site includes a confidential self-assessment of your skills, values and interests. From the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a trusted source.
- Michigan offers a good page to help you take an inventory of your transferable skills.
- The University of North Carolina calls them "core competencies," but their list is a good one.
- Another checklist to try is from the University of Missouri Kansas City.
- Cornell University Career Services provides this list for grad students
- For all graduate majors: This Career Development page from UC Berkeley provides a competencies assessment. Bonus: a graphics that explains the career management planning process.
- The University of Minnesota offers a series of probing questions related to transferable skills.
Good luck with your self assessment!