What are transferable skills?

If you’re unsure on the phrase: “transferable skills”, another term you may be more familiar with is “soft skills”. But how do you obtain those vital skills? The most poignant experiences that you gain knowledge from will give you an insight into how you would approach certain situations in future endeavours.
For example school teaches you the basic rule that personal time keeping is a must. A Saturday job can show you how to be responsible for things (eg. money, products or merchandise) therefore making you trustworthy. Being a member of a sports team can teach you good teamwork and communication skills. All of these things will ultimately make you more employable and take you through your life.

The Basics


It may seem insignificant but just showing up on time is something that people often become complacent about. If we look a little deeper into this, what does it tell us when someone is early or on time? We would say they are enthusiastic about the opportunity, they will work hard, and are dependable. It would also suggest they are good with time keeping, making them reliable and efficient. Yes, it’s a small ask but means a great deal to any business!


Be friendly! The beauty of any diverse group of people is that we offer different personality traits but, when we’re in a professional setting its important, while being authentic, to get on with people as best as possible. Friction causes an uncomfortable atmosphere within a team, so showing that you are personable and adaptable is a big plus.


Most jobs require a certain level of presentation. This can differ depending on the setting however within those guidelines you can still make the effort. Simply making sure you adhere to the dress code and keep smart and presentable can display that you take pride in your work and yourself.

Moving up a grade

Over time and with gained experience we are able to take more things forward into our next level of education or employment. It’s all about attitude and with the basics you will go far; but what are the extra things that can translate to most roles?

Verbal Communication

There is no situation in life where good verbal communication skills will not assist you and your team. Being able to get your ideas across is imperative to the function of a company. Can you clearly ask questions or speak with confidence to a manager? Being heard amongst your peers and communicating effectively will make your job much easier and will eliminate mistakes.
Many professions will require you to go outside your comfort zone and speak with people you don’t know, showing that you can be polite and helpful.

Active Listening

Active listening is a necessity. Things can so easily get lost in translation, but it can be pretty time consuming if we don’t listen properly to what is being said. This skill is valued by employers as we are often expected to act on instruction. This development shows you can take feedback and create an action plan that will benefit your employer and ultimately you.

Written Communication

Following on from this, written communication will play a big part in most career pathways. We live in the digital age, where most communication is done virtually. We are used to texting and social media networking, but in the professional sense it's vital to know the difference! Being able to compose an email that has a friendly tone using good diction and grammar shows you are someone to be taken seriously.

In short, although it can be hard to get on the career ladder you may find that you probably have some of the key expertise that you need to help you get on your way to your dream career!

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