Although lockdown restrictions are continuing to ease, we’re still going through a strange time. Life isn’t as we knew it before the pandemic, and many people are having to go in search of new work opportunities. This can be an unsettling time, and if you’re considering making a career change, you might be wondering what sort of roles you could turn to next.
However, a helpful way to start thinking about what your next career move could be, is to take a closer look at your skills and attributes. By identifying which of these are transferable, you may start to see that you have more in common with some roles than you initially thought.
To help get you started, we’ve pulled together a list of 8 transferable skills that employers commonly look for when hiring across a range of different roles.
No matter what industry or job role you go into; workplace communication helps companies to work efficiently and productively; and build relationships based on loyalty and trust. Being a good communicator will often mean that you have good listening skills and are able to communicate points clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
Whilst communication is one of the most important life skills to have; there are some jobs that rely on these skills more heavily than others. You may have an advantage in a communication-based role if you have a demonstrable track record of working in roles that require interaction at various different levels.
Almost all employers are on the lookout for strong communication skills so as a good communicator, there are thousands of roles out there that you could be suited to.
Possible job options that you may not have considered
Teacher | Teaching English as a Foreign Language | Teaching Assistant | Writer | Lawyer | Counsellor | Funeral Director | Mortgage Advisor | Estate Agent | Nanny | Interpreter | Speech and Language Therapist | Human Resources Officer
Planning, organisation and time management skills
Possible roles for people with strong organisation and time management skillsCourt Usher | Events Manager | Project Manager | Personal Assistant | Administrative Assistant/Virtual Assistant | Travel Agent | Estate Agent
Possible roles for creative individualsArt Therapist | Florist | Furniture Restorer/Conservator | Graphic Designer | Dog Groomer | Hairdresser | Interior Designer | Photographer | Picture Framer | Visual Merchandiser | Writer
The ability to keep calm under pressure
Possible job roles for those who can keep calm under pressureMidwife | Emergency Call Handler | Funeral Director | Nurse | Paramedic | Air Traffic Controller | Driving Instructor | Lawyer | Carer | Private Investigator | Prison Officer | Social Worker | Close Protection Officer
Possible roles for individuals with strong people skillsNurse | Counsellor | Hairdresser | Carer | Midwife | Customer Service Assistant | Sales Assistant | Teacher | Holiday Representative | Youth Worker | Life Coach | Personal Trainer | Personal Shopper | Phlebotomist | Veterinary Nurse | Victim Care Officer
Some people are natural leaders, whilst others have had experiences professionally or personally (or both) that have allowed them to develop these skills. A strong leader is able to take charge of situations and motivate and inspire others to achieve their goals. They are also able to solve problems, delegate tasks within a team, and plan and coordinate a variety of tasks.
The role of leader typically comes with a great deal of responsibility and the skills you have in this area will often be just as – if not more – important than many of the other, more specific skills attached to the role (as these can often be learnt on the job).
If you have strong leadership skills and leading is something that you enjoy doing, then it’s worth looking at leadership roles in a range of different industries…
Possible roles for people with strong leadership skills
Purchasing Manager | Construction Manager | Facilities Manager | Nursery Manager | Events Manager | Project Manager | Become your own boss | Teacher | Franchise Owner | Lawyer | Supervisor | Youth Worker
Possible roles for people with strong technological skillsSoftware Engineer | Information Systems Manager | IT Consultant | IT Sales Professional | Database Administrator | Video Editor | Social Media Officer | Digital Marketer
Possible roles for people who are good with numbersAccountant | Auditor | Credit Controller | Mortgage Advisor | Bookkeeper | Estate Agent | Maths Teacher | Financial Coach/Advisor
A final note...
While looking for new job opportunities, it can be easy to focus on the reasons that you may not be suitable for a role – and this way of thinking can often stop you from applying for jobs you could really enjoy, or even lower your confidence going into an interview.
Always remember that employers are looking for talented individuals first and foremost and many are happy to offer training to employees with the right transferable skills and/or attributes. Rather than focussing on skills you don’t have, the key thing is to focus on highlighting your strengths and transferable skills, so any prospective employer is left with no doubt about your ability to do the job.
What transferable skills do you have? Have you used your transferable skills to change career? We’d love to hear from you at [email protected].