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:

  1. Commercial awareness skills – an understanding and appreciation of how business operates and the broader contexts – customers, competitors and suppliers.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Language skills – learning and practicing a foreign language.
  5. Networking skills – the ability to network effectively and forge lasting relationships.
  6. Problem solving and analytical skills – including the ability to make decisions and apply appropriate solutions.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.