What are Marketable Skills?

Employers and educators agree that critical thinking, oral and written communication, and teamwork are among the most important student skills to develop during a college education. Career Connect allows you to document and connect your learning to these four competencies and showcase them to potential employers through the use of the digital ePortfolio.  

These skills can be defined as: 

  • Critical thinking: A habit of the mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, artifacts, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusions.   
  • Oral Communication: A prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners' attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors. 
  • Written Communication: The expression of ideas in writing that develop through iterative experiences across curricula and can involve learning to work in different genres, styles, writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. 
  • Teamwork: Behaviors that represent the collective of individual contributions towards team tasks and discussions and the manner of interactions among team members. Contributions are measured in both quantity and quality. 

Reflection from an Undecided Major

Through this experience I identified a major area for growth in my group work skills. In the past, I have generally always taken on the leadership role when placed in groups, which isn't a bad thing in and of itself. However, I would tend to take the leadership role to the extreme and try to control every aspect of the project so that I could ensure that everything was up to my standards and we would get a good grade. After realizing that flaw, this time around, I took a step back much more often and allowed myself to trust in my group and their abilities to produce quality work. This was a challenge because it is not always easy to recognize flaws in yourself and even harder to try and correct them, but I think this project helped me to work on that flaw and, though I can continue to work on it, I think that I am doing much better at not trying to control everything now.