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Your CVstac meta-skills

Your CVstac meta-skills

Meta-skills are high order skills that everyone needs to succeed.

They are based on research and are the lynchpin of the modern workforce. Here at Royal Holloway, we will support you to develop them through everything you do inside and outside the classroom.

Meta-skill categories

Self-management meta-skills provide the foundation for productivity and wellbeing:

  • Focussing allows you to be as productive as possible
  • Adapting allows for resilience and facing different challenges 
  • Integrity ensures you meet expectations
  • Initiative allows you to exceed them


Innovation meta-skills allow you to be high achieving and take your performance to the highest levels:

  • Critical thinking allows you apply your learning, find solutions, and approach challenges creatively
  • Sense-making allows you to synthesise data and situations, recognise patterns and filter what's necessary
  • Creativity allows you to reimagine ways of doing things and find innovative solutions  
  • Curiosity allows you seek out new information, improve your skills, and discover new solutions

    Creativity  curiosity


Social intelligence 
Social intelligence meta-skills allow you to understand people and groups, leading to better performance in any environment

  • Leading is the ability to motivate and galvanise others towards an objective or inspire through example
  • Communicating involves sharing information and feelings in a way that creates understanding in a timely manner and improves situations  
  • Feeling is about appreciating a wide range of perspectives through empathy, self awareness, and a social conscience  
  • Collaborating is all about relationship building and thyme ability to work with others to achieve goals

Leading  Communicating  Feeling  Collaborating


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