Transferable Skills Advice

Transferable Skills Advice

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My advice to
communication students in developing the
skills they’re going to need to go on to do
their job in the future is work beyond your education. Do the job you
want, for somebody else who allow you to do
it for them, for free. If you have an opportunity
to write for The Signpost, write for The Signpost. If you have an opportunity
to create advertising for a student group,
create advertising for it. Do those things. They will set you above
and apart everybody else that you’re competing with. Work hard. Work really hard. Take advantage of
every opportunity. Keep in mind that if you
don’t get what you want, if you think you
deserved something and you didn’t get
it, keep in mind that you may not have
the eagle eye view that maybe your professors do. And take on every challenge
and every responsibility. And take it on with
everything you have. Learn to put yourself
aside and really focus on what
everybody is trying to accomplish as a whole. I think, as a music
student, I would find myself going to
classes and observing the professor of
whatever class I was in, if it was a gen ed
or something else, and thinking about the
skills that I learned in my pedagogy class
and how it could be applied in this other setting
that’s not related to music. And I wish that I
would have realized that sooner in my career. I think transferable
skills aren’t necessarily recognized consciously
as you’re learning them. You tend to focus more on,
did I do well on this paper? Did I get the A in this class? And the teacher is
really trying to teach you to organize your
thoughts or to be empathetic to the other
culture that you’re speaking in and have a cultural awareness,
something like that. In my case, I did the
Spanish business degree. Having to learn all of
the business language and all of that vocabulary was
something completely foreign to me. I had to kind of learn all
of that technical jargon, so to say. And so just look for ways
to kind of extend yourself and figure out how you
can apply your degree into different fields,
into different skill sets. Because that way, you
have that knowledge. You have that experience. And it shows when
you talk to people. Take advantage of
every opportunity. Learn to say yes
more than you say no, especially when you’re growing
and learning and developing your career, developing
your skill set. And in college, you’ll get
a lot of opportunities. And sometimes we don’t
take advantage of them. And if you don’t say yes and you
don’t take those opportunities, you’ll never know where you
could go and to what heights you will reach. I would advise an art student to
pay attention to the assignment and do it. Sometimes they don’t seem fun,
but they will develop skills that you might not
realize that you will use in a project of your own later. You need to be a
leader of yourself. You need to determine what kind
of person you’re going to be. Sometimes when we’re
young, we can’t determine who we’re going to be,
but we can determine what kind of person we can be. And study habits and work
ethic and being honorable are critical. Pick something you really
like and go for it. Be really good at it, and
there will be room for you. You can succeed in a
lot of things nowadays. Just be good.

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