What are Transferrable Skills?  

Transferable skills are soft skills that are relevant and helpful across different areas of life. When it comes to career changes, transferable skills can be leveraged to position your past experiences to the job you’re applying for. This is especially important if you are making a move to a new industry. No matter what the industry or job is, transferrable skills can be applied.  

During the interview is when you’ll want to show your potential employers the type of skill sets you have developed over your career and how they can be applied to this new role. When asked questions in your interview, be sure to look for opportunities to discuss your experience while highlighting the skillsets.  

Chances are you already have quite a few transferable skills that a potential employer will be looking for, such as strong communication, organization, time management, etc. We have highlighted some common transferable skills below to help you prepare for your next interview.  

Examples of Transferrable Skills. 

Communication  

In the workplace, employers value strong communicators. One of the most essential skills for IT Professionals, strong communication enables you to relay technical information in a clear and concise manner. To solve technical issues, you will need to be able to communicate technical solutions to supervisors and team members both verbally and written.  

Transferrable Communication Skills:  

  • Written & Verbal Communication  
  • Active Listening 
  • Public speaking 
  • Giving and receiving feedback 
  • Responsiveness 

Leadership  

Even if you are not applying for a role that specifically requires leadership experience, employers value candidates who can lead projects and teams that accomplish a shared goal. In an interview, highlight the experiences where you helped motivate and lead others effectively to accomplish objectives and goals. 

Transferrable Leadership Skills:  

  • Team Building 
  • Delegation 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Project management 
  • Risk-taking 
  • Strong Communication

Time Management  

Excellent time management techniques are essential soft skills that involve the ability to make professional plans, set and reach goals, and work with colleagues to resolve project issues. 

Transferrable Time Management Skills: 

  • Organization  
  • Prioritization 
  • Planning  
  • Delegation  

Adaptability 

Most employers like to hire candidates who are flexible and can easily adapt to changes and learn new skills and processes. If you can, describe a situation that you had to adapt to a sudden change but was able to maintain a positive attitude and get your work done.  

Transferrable Adaptability Skills:  

  • Flexibility  
  • Patience 
  • Positive attitude 
  • Decision- Making  

 Problem-Solving  

Problem-solving skills are also essential soft skills that allow you to determine the cause and right solution of an issue. Incorporating both critical thinking and problem-solving skills into a role will help excel as an IT professional. 

Transferrable Problem-Solving Skills:  

  • Analytical Thinking  
  • Collaboration  
  • Creativity  
  • Troubleshooting  

Project Management  

Project Management is a high demand skillset to have in today’s market. Employers want to ensure you can manage the planning process, execution, and implementation of projects from start to finish. A key part of a successful project is effective communication. You must know when to delegate and who to delegate to. When applying for a role, be sure to highlight your experiences with past projects to show your ability to successfully manage projects efficiently.  

Transferrable Project Management Skills:  

  • Time management 
  • Organization 
  • Attention to Detail 
  • Leadership 
  • Motivation 
  • Analytical thinking 
  • Prioritization 

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