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11 Life Skills That Are Also Awesome Career Skills

Those things you learned outside of class might have been more useful than you thought.

1. Social media expertise


If you know the best time of day to post something and rack up likes, you might have a knack for jobs that require similar optimization based on testing and learning.

2. Moderating the historic 2016 Roommate Debate

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When tensions are higher than the pile of dishes everyone’s refusing to clean, your expert negotiation is proof of the kind of poise valued by many employers.

3. Juggling more than one group text

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Getting roasted by multiple squads at once may be a sign that you’re well suited for a role involving multitasking.

4. Getting into clubs


The time spent in on-campus clubs can be extremely valuable, with experience in public relations, community-building, and organization among some of the more common takeaways.

5. Splitting the bill

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If you're the go-to financial adviser for friends, you’ve probably got a grasp on crunching numbers beyond simply figuring out who ate more tapas.

6. Crafting your image

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The same time and effort spent curating feeds or timelines to look a certain way can also be applied toward establishing a professional presence and credibility with clients.

7. Being the ultimate gamer


The mental gymnastics involved in games incorporating logic puzzles are not far off from the kind of creative problem-solving used across a variety of other disciplines.

8. Being an empathetic listener

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Even professional environments can sometimes become emotional, and an ability to approach issues through an objective, empathetic lens can be a critical, transferable skill.

9. Questioning the status quo

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OK, so, within reason obviously. But lots of great ideas start from someone considering the possibility that an established practice is outdated or worth revisiting.

10. Following your culinary instincts


Like with cooking, there are lots of moving parts (~ingredients~) to keep track of when entering many entry-level positions. And having experience with improvising based on existing recipes would be a bonus example of how you're able to think on your feet.

11. Practicing patience

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This seems obvious, but it's still often overlooked. Understanding when to slow down and take a deep breath is just as important as knowing when to ride the momentum of your unbridled ambition.

J.P. Morgan offers a broad range of job opportunities to match a variety of skill sets. Check out more advice and tips on their careers site to prepare you for the next step.

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