What Are Transferable Skills?Transferable skills are the skills you've gathered through various jobs, volunteer work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences that can be used in your next job or new career. In addition to being useful to career changers, transferable skills are also important to those who are facing a layoff, new graduates who are looking for their first jobs, and to those re-entering the workforce after an extended absence.
How to Identify Your Transferable SkillsThe job titles you've held may tell little about what your actual jobs entailed. In other words, formal job descriptions are often very different from reality. That is why it's important to dissect each job you've held in order to discover what skills you actually used to do that job. If you are re-entering the workforce or entering it for the first time you'll have to look at your life experiences to get this information. Use this worksheet to help you organize and rate your skills.
Find Out How You Can Use Your Transferable SkillsSelf assessments are essential to helping career changers find suitable careers. Part of this should involve finding out what careers best utilize your skills. To learn about various occupations and what skills are required for each, you can do the following:
- Gather occupational information.
- Read job descriptions in help wanted ads.
- Contact professional associations.