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SOAR (Skills Opportunities at Reading) is a web-based portal designed to direct you through the vast range of skills opportunities available at the University of Reading. The seven transferable skills which SOAR focuses upon are those which the University deems central to your learning: Man behind books

Transferable skills

Transferable skills are another name for practices which you can use in a wide range of situations. You will need to learn and develop these skills to achieve academic success. However, they will be also be vital for whatever you do when you leave university. This is why graduate employers now often place greater importance on transferable skills than on the specific subject of your degree. Being able to present evidence of your developed skills will greatly improve your chances of success in job applications.

Developing your skills gives you the chance to set yourself apart from others with the same degree classification. Many of the opportunities signposted on this site can enhance your development as an individual as well as a student. Taking advantage of these chances can build abilities and confidence which will stay with you long after graduation.

Developing your skills

It's a good idea to identify your strengths and weaknesses and then to prioritise the skills which need developing. The Individual Learner Profile (ILP) can help you make targets and track your progress. Don't forget that even if you are confident about a particular skill or skills, you can use University resources to refine your talents and make sure you stand out from the crowd.

Skills within your degree programme

The University is committed to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to develop transferable skills within their degree programme. Your Department is one of the first places where you can learn to do this. For example, through giving oral presentations and writing essays, you will develop your communication skills. However, each discipline is likely to place different emphases on different skills. Your Programme Handbook or Departmental website will contain more information regarding skill development within your subject area.  

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