Research skills are probably the most important skills a debater gets. Because of the research-oriented nature of the activity, debaters are forced to conduct massive amounts of research throughout their debate careers. These skills transfer over to help debaters in the real world when they’re forced to conduct research for their jobs. Hence, a very large amount of debaters end up in highly-research oriented jobs. These skills also help a lot with school work, as when a debater is assigned a research paper, the amount of time it takes to conduct research is drastically reduced by their efficiency. I’m constantly amazed at how quickly I am able to find articles pertaining to a particular topic in class because of the research skills I’ve been taught through debate. It’s definitely something that’s going to help me a lot throughout my life.