Employers are looking for transferable skills, which can be applied across any sector of one’s life. A Residency Abroad, whether it’s for a summer school, a semester or a year, develops your transferable skills and increases your employability. The top 10 transferable skills developed during a Residency Abroad are:
- Commercial awareness skills – an understanding and appreciation of how business operates and the broader contexts – customers, competitors and suppliers.
- Communication skills – including literacy and interpersonal skills, effective listening, reflecting, questioning and presenting (oral , written & non-verbal) – the ability to communicate effectively for different purposes and in different contexts.
- Intellectual & subject knowledge skills – with the skills to apply discipline specific knowledge in a range of contexts and the intellectual curiosity to question accepted wisdom and be open to ideas.
- Language skills – learning and practicing a foreign language.
- Networking skills – the ability to network effectively and forge lasting relationships.
- Problem solving and analytical skills – including the ability to make decisions and apply appropriate solutions.
- Project management skills – applies appropriate project management tools and techniques, is able to set goals and plans, manages resources to deliver results and measures success with strong time management and organisational skills.
- Self-management and personal effectiveness skills – including time management, being a self-starter, self-motivated, having a readiness to accept responsibility, and independent working skills.
- Social responsibility and global citizenship skills – recognise issues affecting the economy, environment, human rights and how individuals operate as part of a community, on a local or global scale. Skills which develop ethical behaviour, sustainability, citizenship and encourage personal contribution.
- Teamworking skills – ability to work with others effectively, working towards achieving a common goal, recognising and drawing on the strengths of individuals for the best possible outcome.