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Eye of the Optimist-My Skills

I sense that today's science might be anti-intellectual. Certainly, an arts degree is not seen as very practical and useful. I, for instance, hold arts degrees, and family members and acquaintances sometimes indicate that they do not understand the skills this education has brought me, through study and related work experience. My education has brought me many new experiences, in which I have attained extensive knowledge and skills.

This attitude really rubs me the wrong way, so I want to set the record straight. I can do that on my own blog. Here I am going to set forth an inventory of my skills  with examples of how I have acquired or used them during the course of my life. The reader will see that I have a wide range of skills.

Before I present my list, may I recommend that you, too, give your skills and related experiences ample thought. It may serve you well to compose and review your own list. 

This is what I teach some of my senior students; in fact, I thought about this topic because I have been teaching a job preparation course to students of a secretarial studies program. We want to help seniors line up employment for the institution's, government's students' and teachers' benefit.

Communications

IT: PC and Mac operations; wide variety of experices from admin support to academic work
      word processing; admin support, education materials prep, correspondence
      spreadsheets; educ & other data management, work and meeting schedules and organizational planning 
      desktop publishers; editing, publicity production, news letters; e-pubs prep
      schedulers; meetings, consultations, work, interviewing, calling
      client registrations; air travel & conference check-in, courses
      data collection and coding; research projects, sales management
      editing; Adobe and MS programs, admin support work
      Smartphone apps
      social networking; Facebook, LinkedIN, Reddit, personal blog
      assessment tools; career programs, teaching
      syllabus and grades entry; university teaching
      website design; building my own site, contributions to Wikipedia and Imdb
      radio; recordings, live shows operations

Text:  academic writing; conference proceedings papers, journal articles, newsletters, study, teaching composition classes,
      creative writing; novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, poetry 
      business writing; reports, memos and letters for admin and education work
      editing; reviewing translations, study editing
      wie reading; for pleasure, work and research

Oral: presentations; teaching, conferences, workshop leadership, radio hosting, office reception
      linguistic; 4-skills competency in 3 foreign languages, knowledge of language acquisition and teaching

Interpersonal relations
     communication; teaching, office reception, organizing social events
     courtesy
     body language: presenting (calmness, suitability, openness, power)
     cultural awareness and sensitivity

Flexibility
     change; successful adaptation to changing jobs, locations, times, and roles
     cooperation; coworker, internal, and external relationships
     exposure to various cultures; living and studying abroad; teaching immigrants and foreign students, extensive travel

Social issues and relations; study and practice (research, discussion) in social sciences, education and social action, activism

Knowledge; research, reading, summarizing, analysis, classification and organization, communicating, advising
     multidisciplinary background; language, social science and activism, education,  writing and publishing
     multicultural approach; language study and teaching, travel, participation in international conferences
     


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