Transferable Skills That Can Help You Make a Successful Career Change

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If you want to make a career change but you are scared that you’ll never get an employer to hire you stop worrying. Transferable skills can help you.

The reality is that not everyone is destined to remain in the job they picked when they were eighteen years old. You may have studied and even worked in a certain field for years, but that does not mean that you’re going to continue feeling passionate about it for the rest of your life.

Many people admit that at one point or another, they’ve fallen in love with a different career or feel that a particular career better fits their personality type and have wanted to make a change. But, most people are scared of making a career change because they believe that without the qualifications and the experience they’ll never get hired. The truth is that you can make a career change even if you don’t have all the essential qualifications or work experience.

Why Are Some People Intimidated by Career Change?

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But that’s a losers attitude you should never embrace if you’re interested in achieving professional bliss. You should always make a point of following your professional passions because that’s the only way to be happy at work and by extension, that’s the only way to become successful. Because if you are not happy at work, you’re never going to be motivated, and you’re never going to be able to go above and beyond to become successful.

Therefore, it’s important to change careers if you’re passionate about a different career. Whether or not you have the work experience that will make the job search process easier is unimportant since all you really need to get your leg through the door is to convince the hiring manager that you have skills that are valuable to the company.

What this essentially means is that the skills you’ve acquired in your previous or current job can be useful even if you’re changing careers. You can transfer them into a new career, and if you do this the right way, there’s no doubt that the hiring manager is going to want to meet with you.

What Are Transferable Skills and How Can They Help You?

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The term ‘transferable skills’ is used to describe any and every skill you’ve acquired in a professional context that can also be used in a different context.

So if, for example, you’ve worked as a lawyer for many years and are now looking for something less stressful you can always turn to counselling. Although the two fields may be distinctly dissimilar, the skills you’ve acquired from your lawyering days, such as communication skills and researching skills, can be transferred into your new career as they are essential in that career as well.

Transferable skills can help you recycle your skills to get a new job, even if it that new job is in a completely unrelated field. Of course keep in mind that for many career changes you’re going to need to have some sort of qualification before making the career change, but if you are determined to make the jump you can always take up afternoon classes to acquire the necessary qualifications.

Transferable skills are what you can use to get over the barrier of ‘no relevant experience’ that many people who have made a career change face. When your resume objective is to demonstrate to the hiring manager that you have relevant skills which will be valuable to them, you’ve already won the game with transferable skills.

Adding Transferable Skills to Your Resume

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Most jobs are going to require you to have some teamwork skills, so it’s essential that you add this skill to your resume. As pointed out with the example above, you don’t necessarily have to have experience in working in a team, but any interaction with other people to get the job done will help you prove that you have this skill. For example, if you’ve ever been part of a group at school can be used here. What you need to do is to think of any situations where you’ve demonstrated your ability to work with others to achieve results, to make decisions and to solve problems.


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This skill is all about being able to successfully manage and prioritise your workload, and it’s an essential skill to most employers as it demonstrates your ability to work alone (as well with others) and take responsibility for your time and work. So think of examples of times when you were able to manage your time effectively and organise your work. Do you have examples of being able to structure and arrange resources to achieve objectives? Basically what you need to prove here is that you’ve been proactive in the past.


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Verbal communication is an essential skill if you’re applying for a job where you’ll be required to give presentations etc. So it’s important to demonstrate your ability to speak dynamically. Think of examples of times when you were able to address others in groups and face to face. If you don’t have any recent examples of giving presentations, you can give examples of times when you had to give presentations and talks at school or college.

Research and Analytical Skills

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Numeracy skills mean that you can accurately and efficiently work with numbers. Even if you’re not applying for a job that has numbers at its centre it’s still important to demonstrate that you can work with figures, make calculations, understand graphs and charts and simple statistics as they demonstrate your ability to recognise important numerical information and trends.

Personal Development

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Information ability has to do with your ability to work with spreadsheets and web-based software on a daily basis, but it’s also to do with your ability to learn new systems quickly so think back to times when you were required to learn something fast.

Examples of Career Changes Based on Transferable Skills

Below we’ve listed some examples of career changes you can make and how you can use transferable skills to get your leg in the door.

Account Manager to UX/UI Design

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It goes without saying that to make this career change you’ll need to acquire the hard skills as well. However, when it comes to soft skills accountants like programmers are tasked with understanding and interpreting large amounts of data and then communicating that in such a way that people that do not have their background can understand.

The reality is that you can make any career change you want so long as you make your work experience transferable. The key is to find something that you’re passionate about and something that you find fulfilling and invest in making that career change. Remember that your resume’s objective should be to convince the hiring manager that you are in possession of the skills they require and this will make your job search so much easier.

Have you ever added transferable skills to your resume? How did you do it? Let us know in the comment section below.