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References of Transferable Skills
in Academic and Athletic Situations
Transferable skills are generic skills that can equip a student or athlete for a broad range of career opportunities.

       It is possible to improve your existing and future Résumé by assessing your skills, identifying gaps, and taking appropriate action.

Learned Skills
       Identifying the skills you have learned or been taught should be relatively easy. Listing the qualifications you have acquired may need some thought. Start by listing a drivers license, word processing skill, playing a musical instrument, sports, community volunteer, etc.

Natural Abilities
       Natural abilities often only become apparent when applied to specific situations. Are you detail oriented, good organizing skills, experienced information researcher, work well as a member of a team, a self starter, self motivated, good communicator, great people skills, etc.

       The following is a partial list that of the kind of skills and abilities you have the opportunity to develop at school, community organizations, and internships through your education career,. Don't forget to include your extra curricular activities and noteworthy trips.

       These skills can be grouped under five headings -

Data - Handling and presentation of information

Decision Making: Identifying options, gathering information about their suitability, and taking considering conflicting priorities and constraints to systematically in plan an  optimum course of action.

Collect / Process Information: Defining the type and quantity of information needed, finding appropriate sources, conducting surveys where necessary and compiling the data obtained in a form compatible with subsequent methods of analysis and dissemination.

Analyze / Interpret Data: Systematic analysis of written, numerical, graphical or other material to determine its meaning and/or evaluate results.
Report Writing: Producing a clearly presented, well expressed, logical and grammatical account of events, projects, visits, meetings etc. and, where appropriate, well argued conclusions / recommendations for further action.

Creative Writing: Writing which demonstrates both imagination and originality.
Other Writing: Writing other than specifically defined under ‘Report Writing’ and ‘Creative Writing’ above e.g. taking notes, writing minutes, letters, memoranda, creating publicity material.

Presentation Skills: Development of confidence and competence to engage an audience by means of well prepared verbal, visual and/or written material. Ability to transfer ideas and propositions clearly, efficiently, effectively.

People - Interpersonal communication

Listening: Giving undivided attention to what is being said with a view to under- standing and appreciating in depth the direct or indirect meaning of what is being conveyed.

Group / Team Working: The bringing together of a number of individuals, often with different areas of specialist knowledge and experience, to discuss, contribute to and address a topic or task and achieve results which are beyond the capacity of any one individual.

Negotiating / Influencing: To arrange an agreement with others or organizations by either direct or indirect contact, formally or informally. Selection of the most effective style of personal approach in order to successfully overcome objections and difficulties.

Leadership: Ability to inspire in others by example and encouragement the confidence, motivation and co-operative effort necessary to achieve any given objective.

Organizing Tasks / Resources: Ability to arrange, co-ordinate, prepare, monitor and control activities or events ensuring the optimum planning and sequence of operations and best use of available resources.

Organizing People: To engage others, co-ordinate their effort, guide and control their activities, encourage their contribution, build confidence, monitor progress and correct faults.

Verbal Communication: Marshaling of thoughts and communicating effectively using speech. Using appropriate vocabulary and language style compatible with social conventions and sensitivities.

Avoiding misunderstandings: Ability to make effective use of the telephone and other communications equipment to make your positions crystal clear.

Things - Practical

Acquaintance with Information Technology (IT):
Experience in the use and practical operation of IT equipment ranging from word processors to sophisticated computer facilities. Familiarity with the kinds of problems which are effectively solved through use of information technology.

Comfortable Working with Numbers: Ability to comprehend and manipulate statistical and mathematical data and resolve problems expressed in numerical or graphical form.

Foreign Languages: Spoken and/or written abilities in other languages. Range of competencies from basic to advanced levels including conversational proficiency and knowledge of technical and business vocabularies.

Manual Skills: Work undertaken by hand involving aesthetic, artistic, co-ordinated, dexterous, physical and sustained use of hands or fingers. Craft and keyboard skills. Correct use of tools and equipment.

Ideas - Problem Solving and Creativity

Setting Priorities:
Assessing the relative importance and urgency of tasks to be done and planning action accordingly.

Logical Thinking: The ability to analyze and process knowledge, ideas and information in order to arrive at a rational conclusion in a clearly argued way.

Creative Thinking / Innovation: Creation of new concepts, thoughts and ideas which have the potential for further theoretical or practical development.

Career and Life Planning

Academic Self Assessment:
Monitoring personal progress and motivation in respect of previously set academic objectives.

Personal Self Assessment: Monitoring personal progress and motivation in respect of building confidence, self reliance, communication and social skills.

Vocational Self Assessment: Monitoring personal progress and motivation in respect of previously set career planning objectives.

Career Planning: Using knowledge of self (including personal transferable skills), occupations, employment and training opportunities to make realistic vocational choices and set up an appropriately timed job hunting strategy.

Preparation for Application and Interviews: Generating a positive perspective on those aspects of one's personal background and experience most likely to impress potential employers and presenting this information effectively to them in writing and/or in person.

Employment / Training Perspective: Building up a detailed overall knowledge of potential employment and training opportunities and an awareness of commercial, professional, social and political factors as appropriate.

Most of the skills listed below can be acquired and/or honed by enrolling in Social Sciences, Arts or Science courses:

Subject mastery: knowledge and understanding of current theory and best practice in key areas of
economics are valuable not only for professional economists, but also in a wide variety of other
careers e.g. accountancy, banking and finance and business management.

Intelligence and cognitive skills: critical analysis and assessment; synthesizing with related topics
in an imaginative way; weighing arguments; distinguishing between different positions and
considering them critically; reasoning adaptability and systematically; exercising informed
independent thought and critical judgment.

Presentation and communication skills: expressing complex ideas clearly, accurately and
intelligibly in writing and in oral presentation. Writing skills are developed through note-taking in
lectures, the preparation of course work, the dissertation and written examinations, with the latter in
particular testing your ability to write under pressure. These skills are important for many careers,
involving for example, note-taking in meetings and report writing for a superior or client. Oral
skills are developed through participation in tutorials and seminars and are vital skills for
participation in meetings of all kinds.

Computer literacy: using computers for word-processing, spreadsheets and database
manipulation, both for analytical purposes and to present your work professionally. Hands-on
experience will help you to understanding and using new technology as you come across such advances during the course of your career.

Independent action: the ability to work independently without specific direction and to take the
initiative in searching out and using information.

Practical skills: collecting, assembling and analyzing data. Problem solving skills must be combined with deductive reasoning to conceptualize problems and express them in a manageable form, thus assisting in problem solving.

Numeracy and quantitative skills: all disciplines require an understanding of mathematical and
statistical methods and their use for analyzing research results.

Managing tasks and time: planning and organizing tasks; setting priorities for assignments and
tasks; striking a balance between work and leisure; working under pressure to meet deadlines. You
will be expected to perform all the above in a work environment and so the ability to manage your
tasks and time is essential.

Coping with stress: course work deadlines, exams, tutorial and seminar presentations are stressful,
as are many situations that you are likely to encounter in your career. Learning to manage stress and
perform effectively in stressful situations is an important asset for most careers.

Interpersonal skills: relating effectively to fellow students and lecture/administrative staff. Demonstrating teamwork on a project, problem or presentation, or efficiently and courteously
obtaining information or advice - involves similar skills to those required in most work environments.

Exposure to diverse disciplines: a degree not only covers courses in your degree area, but also outside subjects.  Even within the core study area, there are differing approaches to problem solving that are often the basis of debates between different points of view within the discipline. This diversity provides insights into the way in which different approaches are used to investigate problems and derive results.

Skills developed throughout non-academic sources
There are many opportunities to acquire valuable life experiences without enrolling in a formal academic curriculum. These may be based on issues and topics which afford opportunities to extend your knowledge, experience and personal development. Prior work experiences can provide an insight into what you may or may not want to do as a life career.

Predicting Future Events
       Few parent or coaches can predict with precision what of 5 year old children may ultimately be doing when they graduate from high school.  Will they be going off to college, entering the military, engaged to be married, etc. or possibly be training to be a world class athlete?

       Young children may say they want to be a fireman one day and sports star the next day. It is great that they have these dreams and most parents encourage their children rather than attempt to explain why their dream may be impractical because the competition is so keen and involves years of training.

       Many parents expose kids to a variety of opportunities in sports, music, arts, etc. and provide support and encouragement. Some parents encourage their sons and daughter to pursue activities and interests that they have participated in as a youngster or that they may be actively pursuing as an adult.

       It makes no sense for most children to exclusively participate in or specialize in one sport at a very early age. Acquiring the basic fundamental skating skills is not a waste of time, effort, and money as these skills are transferable if and when your son or daughter decides to concentrate as a hockey, speed, or figure skater.

       The following articles provide a variety of topics that may be helpful in answering questions of parents who have little or no previous experience actively participating in winter sports.

Recommended Reading:

Modifying Skater Behaviors

PDF Athletic Transferable Skills - Grandview Heights Discuss the origin and history of why athletic transferable skills (ATS) came about . Examine the realities of playing college and professional sports.

PDF TRANSFERABLE SKILLS IOC Athlete career program transferable skills. What is the purpose of the following fact sheet?

Transferable Skills What are the athletic skills that are transferable? What are some of the skills that are similar to those that employers are looking for? How can these skills help?

Athletic Transferable Skills for Life Success   Feb. 11, 2010 ... Athletic transferable skills are skills that you learn in sports that are invaluable beyond sports – including the classroom, your future career.

Athletic Transferable Skills for Sport and Life ...   April 27, 2011 ... Athletic transferable skills are skills learned through sports that can be applied to all areas of life — including the classroom and future careers.

Life After Sport: Athletic Career Transition and Transferable An examination of the literature focused on career retirement and transferable skills lead to the development of intervention recommendations for athletes.

From Sports to Career: Transferable Job Skills Teamwork, reliability, cooperation, endurance: habits athletes learn from sports are the very attributes employers want.

Technical Skating Descriptions:


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Learning Considerations
PDF  Attentional Focus
PDF  Spatial Disorientation
PDF  Effects of Mood on Performance
PDF  Confidence through Motivation
PDF  Transfer of Learning Issues

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