What are my transferable skills?

Once you’ve made the decision to make a career change, you might feel worried that you don’t have the right skills or experience.

This is why it’s really worth thinking carefully about the skills you already have, from work and your day to day life. You may find that you can use those skills across a variety of different jobs and situations.

These skills are called ‘transferable skills’. We’ve listed a few examples below to help you reflect on which ones you may have.

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Communication
  • Customer skills
  • IT
  • Maths
  • Problem solving

Identifying transferable skills

Some of these skills you might not even realise you have, therefore it is useful to consider what work and life experience you have and what skills you have gained.

  • If you’ve ever worked at a check out or a till then you’ll have some experience with customer skills and also maths.
  • Perhaps you’ve coached a local sports team or helped out with a youth club then you’ll have worked on your leadership and communication skills.
  • If you’ve achieved a qualification since leaving school then you’ll have gained really valuable commitment and organisation skills.
  • If you work really well with other people and make lots of friends in the workplace then you could have good interpersonal skills. Not only that but working together to achieve something, maybe as part of a sports team, shows you can do teamwork.

Understanding your transferable skills is important as these should be highlighted in a job interview, or on your CV to demonstrate what you can offer to a potential employer.