Transferable Skills to Federal Employment

One of the biggest questions on the minds of students seeking federal careers is how the skills they’ve developed at AU will help them in the workplace. You might be surprised to learn that you can be your own career coach and the skills you use every day will serve as the foundation for a successful federal career.

Here are four skills you’ve gained at AU that will directly apply to your work in a federal agency:

  • Writing: Applicants with the ability to write clearly and concisely are highly desired by federal employers. Your time at AU has provided an opportunity to hone the writing skills that could be used in the future to draft policy, reports and memoranda that will be read by agency staff at all levels.
  • Oral communication: In addition to written communication, the ability to verbally convey a message with clarity and professionalism is highly sought-after among federal agencies. At AU, you’ve likely given presentations on a variety of topics to small and large groups. In a federal career, you may be called upon to facilitate meetings and give presentations to agency staff and external contacts.
  • Critical thinking: An important component of your education at AU has been the development of solid critical thinking skills. In your coursework and professional experience, you’ve used sound judgment to analyze a problem and develop conclusions on a particular topic. In a federal career you’ll likely be asked to use your critical thinking skills to analyze policy and make recommendations to management and senior level officials.
  • Organization and time management: Increasingly, young professionals in federal agencies are given significant responsibility over multiple projects. This level of responsibility requires strong organizational and time management skills to ensure that all projects are completed in a timely fashion. During your time at AU, you’ve likely had to balance coursework, involvement in activities and working at an internship or job. These experiences helped you find the best ways to organize your time as a student and will help you do the same in the workplace.

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