Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are those which you will use in the future, in jobs and life in general. You learn many transferable skills in college courses and in related college activities. Along with imparting knowledge and understanding values, developing your transferable skills is one of the primary goals of an OWU education.

It’s good to consider the nature of transferable skills throughout your college career and in specific classes. A collection of such skills developed at OWU is outlined below. Another checklist, called Transferable Skills: What Do You Do Well?  was developed by the University of Texas at Austin. Neither are comprehensive. But you get the idea.

I’ll ask you to consider transferrable skills you have learned in this course as part of the final course evaluation.

Transferable Skills (OWU)

 Self-Reflection/Intrapersonal Knowledge/Awareness 

  • Learning and willingness to ask for help 
  • Developing and sustaining self-motivation 
  • Taking personal responsibility 
  • Identifying strengths, interests, passions, and career goals 
  • Identifying weakness and areas for development 
  • Linking self-knowledge to OWU and a career path 
  • Learning from mistakes 
  • Embracing the unexpected 
  • Identify and dealing with ethical dilemmas 
  • Valuing mentorship 
  • Identifying self-biases 

Habits of the Mind 

  • Thinking critically 
  • Analyzing 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Being creative, innovative, and resourceful 
  • Evaluating information 
  • Researching, investigating, compiling, and interpreting data 
  • Synthesizing 
  • Logically developing an argument 
  • Applying information in a new context 
  • Asking good and relevant questions 
  • Making ethical and effective decisions 
  • Acknowledging and appreciating ambiguity 


  • Writing 
  • Speaking (Oral) 
  • Identifying audience 
  • Writing in different contexts such as blogs and social media 
  • Explaining 
  • Persuading/selling 
  • Editing 
  • Instructing /presenting 
  • Translating 
  • Understanding non-verbal communication 
  • Discussing and participating 
  • Communicating in a second language 
  • Developing an argument or taking a stance 

Interpersonal Skills 

  • Collaborating and working in teams 
  • Developing cultural competence 
  • Listening 
  • Asking questions 
  • Counseling and or advising others 
  • Identifying with the group 
  • Practicing empathy 
  • Mediating conflict with tact and diplomacy 
  • Dealing with difficult people including idiosyncrasies 
  • Teaching 

Organizational Skills 

  • Managing complex project 
  • Defining needs 
  • Setting goals and planning 
  • Meeting and setting deadlines 
  • Managing time 
  • Managing multiple priorities and prioritizing 
  • Attending to detail 
  • Breaking complex problems into constituent parts 
  • Managing logistics and coordinating efforts 


  • Dealing with the unexpected 
  • Making ethical decisions and developing personal integrity 
  • Motivating others and team building 
  • Delegating 
  • Taking initiative 
  • Managing conflict 
  • Supporting and encouraging others including being a team player 
  • Sharing and allocating credit 
  • Directing and managing others 
  • Making and encouraging fair and equitable practices 
  • Including multiple perspectives 
  • Identifying and listening to all those who will be affected by decisions 
  • Teaching and mentoring