What are Transferable Skills?

What are Transferable Skills?

Transferable Skills or Functional skills are skills you can transfer from one job to another without much training from your employer. In order words you use them in a variety of jobs making you adaptable. For example, as a graphics designer you can transfer your skills to website design jobs since the both jobs are related. Unlike job-specific skills, transferable skills can be used in lots of ways. They are also like building blocks from which you can develop many more skills.

Transferable skills can be hard or soft skills. Examples include:

  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Problem solving
  • Good communication skills.
  • The ability to organise others
  • The ability to work with facts and figures
  • Good verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised
  • Ability to use initiative
  • Accuracy and/or an eye for detail
  • Ability to work confidently under pressure
  • Reliability and integrity
  • Ability to recognise and meet new challenges.

As an employee, try to understand which skills you have and apply them in the job as best as you could. If you feel you are not so good at a particular skill, endeavor to perfect them. As you do, you become more attractive to your employer, and if per adventure you find yourself in another job environment, you will quickly be noticed and trusted by your superior.

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