Intern Skill Set

Employers love Arts & Humanities graduates from Western because they have great problem-solving skills, communicate well and easily adapt to many different situations. Skills our students develop through course work and experiences that translate well into the workplace include:

COMMUNICATION: The skillful expression, transmission and interpretation of knowledge and ideas.

  • Speaking effectively
  • Writing concisely
  • Facilitating
  • Providing feedback
  • Persuading
  • Editing

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION: The ability to think of new ways to do something. Creativity and innovation are often key to the success of a business, particularly during strategic planning and when designing new products and services.

  • Stimulating ideas
  • Performing
  • Creating
  • Inventing
  • Producing
  • Adapting

CRITICAL THINKING & PROBLEM SOLVING: The understanding of a problem and the ability to solve it, step-by-step, based on planning and reasoning.

  • Anticipating problems
  • Observing
  • Identifying solutions
  • Investigating
  • Prioritizing
  • Using perspective

DECISION-MAKING & RISK-TAKING: The skills needed to choose a course of action based on analysis of the risk involved and estimate prediction of success.

  • Evaluating
  • Demonstrating flexibility
  • Using judgment
  • Negotiating
  • Collaborating
  • Managing outcomes

RESEARCH & PLANNING: The search for specific knowledge and the ability to conceptualize future needs and solutions for meeting those needs.

  • Setting goals
  • Identifying/solving problems
  • Gathering information
  • Forecasting/predicting
  • Analyzing
  • Developing evaluation strategies

LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT: The ability to supervise, direct, and guide individuals and groups in the completion of tasks and fulfillment of goals.

  • Teaching/coaching
  • Managing conflict
  • Taking initiative
  • Promoting change
  • Decision-making
  • Delegating responsibility