Transferable Skills: Independent From Any Profession
In today’s ever changing job environment, employers are focusing on transferable skills: Skills employees can use in almost any role. For example, time management is important in every job – a waitress needs time management skills as much as a manager does. If your role happens to change within the organisation over time but you have a good set of transferable skills, your employer can still rely on you in a different position.
Combined with good profession-specific skills, transferable skills will make you stand out from the mass of applicants. So make sure you are aware of yours, so you can advertise and use them.
Let’s talk about some important transferable skills that you should develop if you don’t have them already.
Since today’s work environment is continuously changing, no one can afford to stand still. Technology, industries, and market trends – everything is changing permanently. If you can show employers that you can adapt to these changes, you are increasing your value drastically.
If you are adaptable, your employer will be able to shift you into another role when necessary. They know you can upskill to stay on top of industry trends and changes relevant to your function and industry.
You may have to demonstrate your adaptability in a job interview. In this case you should be able to talk about recent courses or self-learning you have completed to widen your skill set. If you already have work experience, describe situations from previous roles where you had to show adaptability.
Analytical ThinkingToday’s businesses are about being economic, which relates to figures, so it is important to be able to analyse data. Numbers are one of the fundamentals of business decisions. While computers and programs can analyse data, the interpretation is still up to us – the humans. To increase efficiency and return on investment (ROI), you need to have a handle on analytical thinking. Be prepared to explain to potential employers how you have impacted business with your analytical skills before. Explain a situation where you had to fulfill an analytical task, and what activity you performed to achieve which specific result.
A Proactive Approach
Businesses are becoming more agile to adapt quickly or move before the market changes. This requires employees to be proactive and share their ideas.
To demonstrate your proactiveness, you need to be able to outline situations you have been in, as well as their challenges and what you did to overcome these challenges.
Today’s consumers are used to unlimited access to information thanks to technology. They are seeking swift, seamless, personalised service. Ideally 24/7. To serve these needs, businesses are realising human-centred company design methods. These ensure the inclusion of the customer as a centre of business processes, products, and services. Empathy is required from all employees to understand your customer’s perspective.
ResilienceToday’s pace of work creates challenges which have to be approached with experimentation. Experimentation, aiming to find the best way to overcome these new challenges. For example, how to serve a newly established customer need. If you’re conducting experiments, you will soon find that you’ll be confronted with failure. Dealing with failure and being able to learn from it takes resilience. This is why employers are searching for employees with this skill. At your next job interview, be prepared to describe how you have effectively managed significant changes in previous workplaces.
More Transferable SkillsTime management, financial management, creative thinking… The list goes on. There are plenty of transferable skills that are good for you to develop. Start by growing in some of the areas we’ve talked about and continue on from there. If you’re feeling stuck, or want some support, check out some of our employability training.
Leonie Schaefer is part of the Marketing Team at Outcome.Life. As Content Coordinator she plans and creates content to empower better employability outcomes for international students and provide host companies with diverse and passionate interns. Leonie used to be an international student herself, therefore she is a bilingual content creator who also enjoys playing the Australian sport, polocrosse (a mix of polo and lacrosse).
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