Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty & Advisors

Transferable Skills in the Classroom

As career development becomes an increasingly important component of education systems, the issue of how best to deliver this knowledge to students is a major concern. All skills valued by employers, regardless of graduates' major and career aspiration, CAN be learned inside the classroom. How to define a question, how to investigate possibilities, articulate findings, write, problem solve, organize research, and think critically are transferable skills our students will have to use in the workplace.

The value of these skills is the new reality for students entering today's labor market. Future success requires more than academic ability, but also the ability to use academics to address real world problems; create a strong, tangible connection between an academic experience and career development. Helping students connect these dots in the classroom, regardless of the field of study, impacts student engagement, retention, employment, and overall success.

Below, you can use the skills identification and articulation chart to bring students' attention to these qualities in which employers value in new hires. This chart is also infused throughout all of the services offered in our office.

Skills Identification and Articulation Chart

When we work together, opportunities to strengthen and enhance student learning, development and success are maximized!

80% of students who reported having full-time jobs before graduation used a Career Center (Source NACE, National Association of Colleges and Employers). We provide a wide-array of services through in-class presentations or class assignments.

Career Coaching Career Fairs Guide Books
Information Sessions & Tables InterviewStream Handshake
Job Search Mock Interviews New Student Employee Orientation
Off-Campus Student Employment On-Campus Interviews Resume Assistance
Resume Paper & Business Cards Workshops Presentations Class Assignments


Handshake is SFA's online career management platform!

Utilize Handshake to:

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