No matter how old your child is, it’s worth thinking about which transferable skills you can help them acquire to add to their CV and university applications. Transferable skills are those which are not specific to a specific job but can be applied to a range of different positions and industries, these are skills that a college, university or employer may expect your child to have so being able to demonstrate that they have these will be incredibly useful. Here are some of the skills that your child may already have or how to make sure that they get them:
Research, analytical and evaluation skills –
If your child has ever been involved in having to do research papers for school or to interpret data then they can mention that they have had experience in research, analysing and evaluating. If they are able to boast a certain piece of work from an article to a presentation that they can go into a little detail about in interviews then this will show those interested that your child has experience in a sought-after skill.
Written communication –
Across their different subjects, especially during English classes, your child has probably had to write in a variety of different styles from reports to articles and even poetry. If they are able to highlight that they have experience in a range of different writing styles it shows that they are versatile and able to write in the style of what is needed for them. It’s worth encouraging your child to practice this skill either at home in the form of blogs or at schools as part of the school newspaper for example.
It’s incredibly likely that your child has experience in working as part of a team, this is one of the most important skills as most workplaces require people to be able to work effectively as part of a team. If your child had a specific role in a group that they can highlight then this is even better – did they display leadership skills? Did they have to create or present content? Encourage your child to join clubs where they will be able to work with others, it doesn’t matter if this is in school or outside of it.
Computer literacy –
It doesn’t need to be said how important the role of technology has become in all aspects of life, almost everything is digitized and online. It’s worth your child noting the different software and websites that they are familiar with, the most basic is Microsoft Office. If your child likes writing or photography then knowing their way around software and websites such as WordPress and photoshop can come in handy and set them apart from the crowd.
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