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Transferrable skills


What are transferrable skills?

Transferrable skills are skills you may have developed in one setting that can be applied in many other situations.

For example, working in a shop in the summer vacation you might have developed skills in keeping accurate stock records. This "attention to detail" would also be valuable in a graduate job such as management consultancy, where making sure everything is in its place is vitally important.

What skills are employers looking for?

Written and verbal communication

Is your writing fresh and succinct? Do you talk to people in different and appropriate ways depending on the situation?


Can you work with other people? Can you work towards a team goal rather than personal glory?


Commercial awareness

Do you know what's going on in your chosen industry? Can you spot a lucrative business opportunity?


Attention to detail

Is your work thoroughly checked? Can your boss be confident that what you have written is correct?


Time management (organisation)

Can you prioritise your work and balance your work and personal life?


Decision making

Can you select the best course of action from multiple alternatives and justify your decisions logically?

Adaptability and flexibility

Are you thrown by changing circumstances or are you able to switch from one thing to another?


Responsibility and reliability

Can you be trusted to take on important work from day one? Do you turn up on time, every time?


Can you lead a team? Can you delegate and motivate effectively?


Research analysis

Can you find information and process it for different purposes?




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