Transferable skills are among the skills you’ve been developing for years through a variety of experiences. They fall into three broad areas:

  • Working with people
  • Working with data
  • Working with things

Regardless of where and how you acquire these skills, you take them with you to other life experiences. Identifying your transferable skills and understanding their value to employers will increase your effectiveness in the job search.

Transferable functional skills relate to performing tasks. Self-management skills relate to managing reactions to situations and relating appropriately to the environment.

Recognizing skills you possess and identifying ones you would like to strengthen helps your career planning in several ways:

  • Research professions that will allow you to use your skills in a rewarding way.
  • Create a plan for developing desired skills.
  • Tell networking contacts and potential employers how your skills will bring value to their organization.