Types of transferrable skills?
Being that every individual comes from a different background, it makes sense that everyone’s individual list of transferrable skills will vary, however, below we review some of the most common (and useful) transferrable skills.
Having good general transferrable skills is a great foundation and supplies lots of opportunities for growth and specialising. They are also some of the easiest to adopt and learn.
Communication is a requirement in any job, and good communications skills require you to share information and ideas in a concise and effective manner.
Choosing someone who’s a good communicator is important to potential employers as this gives them the confidence that you’ll be able get your job done efficiently, without leaving anyone confused or with any unanswered questions.
Being able to stay organised and on top of your workload is crucial in any role or career. A well organised person can work more efficiently and can work better with others. A good organiser can:
- Prioritise their workload and tasks
- Meet their deadlines set by senior staff
- Set various goals and milestones to enhance professional development
- Follow instructions from senior staff promptly
A transferrable skill that is fundamental when changing careers is adaptability. Change in the workplace is inevitable and employers look for those who can adapt to these changes. Whether that be adopting a new software or restructuring the business layout - an adaptable person will:
- Have an open mind
- Be curious and versatile
- See opportunity where others may see failure
- Be resourceful
Teamwork & relationship building
Unless you want to become a sole trader, or self-employed, it’s likely that you’ll work with other people throughout your career, whether that be in a team or with external stakeholders. Even then, however, a certain level of relationship building will be crucial to your success.
That said, being able to build solid and transparent working relationships by respecting differences, providing mutual support and embracing collaboration are all attributes of a good team member, and someone that employers want to bring on board.
Someone who is empathetic is generally described as someone who can sense and understand the emotions of those around them, a particularly useful skill if you’re a leader or manager who needs to be in tune with their teams.
Employers will look for individuals who are empathetic as they are known for encouraging collaboration and innovation in the workplace. Having a high level of empathy also makes it easier for people to manage conflict while remaining compassionate and thoughtful to everyone involved.
Being able to either self-motivate or motivate those around you is an incredibly valuable skill in the eyes of any employer. It shows great enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the work you are doing – which is always a plus!
An employer wants to know that you are a sound investment and that becomes obvious when you’re actively motivated, driven and dedicated to your work and the organisation.
Don't worry if you feel like you are lacking any of the above skills as upskilling is an extremely beneficial way increase knowledge, prepare for the future and increase your confidence!