While attending post-secondary studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to any position. Think about what you learned in your highest levels of education and how that knowledge applies (or will apply) to your work. Some of these skills could include:
- Time Management
- Creative Thinking
- Proposal Writing
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Building
- Independent Learning
- Academic Research
"I am a big believer in post-secondary education. It adds a lot of value to those newer to the workplace. My post-secondary education was in Communication and Journalism. The courses in this program helped me to develop stronger business relationships through professional correspondence. I also learned persuasive writing skills which have proven to be incredibly helpful when working on client proposals, and in negotiations."
"Education provided me with the information and structure to perform in this world. Interning through my education helped get my feet wet with my career. Nothing has prepared me for my career as well as diving right in with my sleeves rolled up and my mind open."
Sales answer example
"I learned in college while taking an overload of credit hours and working full time that I respond well under pressure and really perfected my time management skills. This is something that I've brought into my professional life as well: I generally prefer a heavier workload, within reason, and feel I get the most accomplished and really thrive in these sorts of situations. Of course, I have also learned my limits and know when I need to ask for help or a break.
Academically speaking, I learned to really perfect my writing and speaking skills through English literature courses, and a B.A., and various large-scale presentations. This has proven a really transferrable skill and allowed me to effectively communicate both in written and oral contexts, which has been of great value to me and my respective employer."
Retail answer example
"I believe my combination of studies in both a community college, where I earned my associates in fashion merchandizing, as well as my time spent getting my B.A. in communications have uniquely positioned me to succeed in this industry as a whole, and your organization specifically. I learned the nuts and bolts of how things should work in college: both from a fashion standpoint as well as best practices in communications. Coupling that with my decade of experience of hands on application of those principles, I know that I am the best candidate for your position.
Daily, I apply my academic training in fashion, merchandizing, department floor planning, how to run sales, as well as public speaking and presentation making. I will continue to refine these skills daily as I join your team."
Marketing answer example
"My degree is in Economics and International Studies, which taught me not only the theoretics behind business, but also interpersonal relations across cultures and nations. In addition, I learned a lot about presentation building, public speaking, and working in a collaborative environment. All of these skills have really been an asset to my career to date."