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Did you realize that you can gain analytical and critical thinking skills from campus jobs?

Transferable Skills Developed On-Campus: Analytical/Critical Thinking

Did you realize that you can gain analytical and critical thinking skills from campus jobs?

Employers want candidates that can think critically. You’ve gained analytical skills in the classroom, but did you realize that you’ve also gained them through on-campus employment? Here are some examples of resumes phrases describing analytical skills gained through common campus jobs.

ANALYTICAL/CRITICAL THINKING

Library worker

  • Offered suggestion for creating Facebook group for library workers, helping to encourage community-building
  • Helped problem solve solution for scheduling conflicts among student staff

Food service/catering worker

  • Determined most efficient and effective procedures for setting up large-scale events, such as eliminating redundant steps to improve speed of room setup
  • Identified error in equipment calibration; communicated problem with supervisor immediately, resulting in savings of over $200 in wasted product
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What skills do you want to use in the workplace?

Got Skills? – Identify skills you want to use at work?

What skills do you want to use in the workplace?

Just like it’s important to identify which special interests you may want to incorporate into your work, it’s equally important to consider which skills you might want to use.

There are numerous skill assessments that exist, some of which may be available for you to take, (sometimes at no cost), at your campus career center. You can also assess your skills informally by asking yourself questions like, “What do I know?” and “What can I do?” Answers to “What do I know?” are sometimes called Knowledge Skills or Hard Skills. These are skills that you learn from a particular context, such as classes for your major, and apply within the same or very similar contexts. (more…)

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Are there ways you can incorporate your special interests into your work?

Keep it INTERESTing – Mixing special interests with career decisions

Are there ways you can incorporate your special interests into your work?

As a college student exploring different career options, or as a professional thinking about changing fields, it can be helpful to take time to determine if there are any special interests that you would want to incorporate into the work that you do.

Keep in mind that you may have some interests that you want to incorporate into your professional work, and others that you decide to keep as avocational activities. For example, if you love music, you may decide that you want to explore career opportunities that allow music to be part of your work. On the other hand, you may feel that you would prefer to pursue your musical interests through hobbies, volunteering, or your spare time.
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People People

People, People Everywhere – Who do you want to work with?

People People

You are bound to encounter people no matter where you work

Whether you’re a people person or not, nearly every job, internship or volunteer opportunity will require you to work with people. Sometimes they may be your clients, sometimes your colleagues, sometimes your customers – whatever the case, you will find yourself with other people. Therefore, it’s important to ask yourself what sorts of people would you like to work with, and for.
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