Transferable skills are the ones that can be applied in all professions. They are the foundation of all the professional success we will experience in our current career path and in other careers that we may pursue over the years.
Here are the 7 transferable skills that will speed the conclusion of our current job search as well as our long-term professional success. We’ll find that we already have some of them to a greater or lesser degree, and if we are committed to making a success of our life, we’ll definitely commit to the further development of all of them.
- Technical Skills
One of the technical skills essential to every job is “Technological Competence”. Technology constantly changes the nature of our jobs and the ways in which they are executed. Even when we are not working in a technology field, strong technology skills will enhance our stability and help us leverage professional growth.
- Communication Skills
Every professional job today requires “Communication skills”; Promotions and Professional success are impossible without them. But communication embraces much more than just listening and speaking. When the professional world talks about communication skills, it refers to 4 primary skills and 4 supportive skills.
The primary communication skills are:
- Verbal skills — what we say and how we say it.
- Listening skills — listening to understand, rather than just waiting for our turn to talk.
- Writing skills — clear written communication, essential for success in any professional career.
- Technological communication skills — ability to evaluate the protocols, strengths and weaknesses of alternative communication media and choose the appropriate medium.
- Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking or problem-solving skills allow the successful professional to logically think through, clearly define a challenge, its desired solutions and then evaluate and finally implement the best solution for that challenge from all available options.
Once we have decided on a course of action, we plan out the steps, the timing and the resources to make it happen.
- Multitasking (Time Management and Organization) Skills
Multitasking is based on 3 things: 1. Being organized, 2. Establishing priorities, and 3. Managing time.
At the end of every day, we should review what we’ve accomplished by executing the Plan, Do & Review Cycle. This keeps us informed about our achievements and lets us know that we have invested our time in the most important activities today and will tomorrow. So we feel better, sleep better and come in tomorrow focused and ready to rock.
- Teamwork Skills
The professional world revolves around the complex challenges of making money, and such challenges require teams of people to provide ongoing solutions. This, in turn, demands that we work efficiently and respectfully with others who have totally different responsibilities, backgrounds, objectives, and areas of expertise.
- Creativity Skills
There’s a big difference between creativity and just having ideas. Ideas are like headaches: We all get them once in a while, and like headaches, they disappear as mysteriously as they arrived. Creativity is the ability to develop those ideas with the strategic and tactical know-how that brings them to life.
- Leadership Skills
Leadership is the most complex of all the transferable skills. When others believe in our competence and believe that we have everyone’s success as our goal, they will follow us; you accept responsibility, but “we” get the credit. When our actions inspire others to think more, learn more, do more, and become more, we will be on our way to becoming a leader.
Leadership is a combination and outgrowth of all the transferable skills plus the clear presence of all the professional values. Leaders aren’t born; they are self-made. And just like anything else, it takes hard work.
– Farhana Yasmin/YSSE