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Are You Preparing Your Students for the Future?

Transferable Skills Exercise


A key component of a good psychology degree is that it equips students with transferable skills that they are able to draw upon after their studies have finished, such as aiding continued personal and career development.


Among the most commonly cited of these transferable skills are:


  • Effective Communication
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Statistical Numeracy


This particular exercise, however, relates to the application of logic and reason. As students’ progress through a psychology program they learn to think critically about various aspects of human behavior. This is not only essential within the context of the successful completion of a psychology program but also increasingly important as a graduate attribute. In an era dominated by 'fake news' and increasing polarization, critical thinking is becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. You may wish to share with your students this post in the Management blog here in the community which includes a video and the Ten Tips that Facebook provides as a way to spot fake news. This post in the MindTap Best Practices section of the community contains an online spreadsheet that students can interact with. The activity asks if students know what the correlation is between how much education you have and you’re ability to spot fake news.


Critical thinking helps employees gather all of the information required to analyze a situation, generate optimal solutions to a problem and get feedback from all the people involved in the situation.” (Jen Lawrence - author of Engage the Fox: A Business Fable about Thinking Critically and Motivating Your Team).


Group Exercise


In order to highlight the practical utility of the 'analytical pause for thought', divide your students into small groups and get them to:


  1. Discuss their own experiences in the workplace in order to identify a real-world example where a poor decision or a mistake was made because (they themselves, a co-worker or manager etc.) had acted too quickly and hadn't thought through the situation properly.
  2. Suggests ways in which this poor decision or mistake could have been avoided and present recommendations on how poor decisions or mistakes like this could be avoided in the future.


Resources on Spotting Fake News: