Land a New Job and Increase your Income with Transferable skills
You’ve heard it before, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” This well-meaning idiom is a warning to us all to not focus all our efforts and resources in one area as one could lose everything. As the world experiences the COVID-19 Pandemic, this is one of the many pieces of wisdom that stands out as sound truth for where we are today. Today, millions of people are facing career setbacks and some full career losses. If that is you, I want you to focus your attention on your transferable skills. Transferable skills are those skills that can translate across industries and job titles. For instance, I started my career as a newspaper reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution making $13,000.00 a year in 1982. Ten years later, I was working at Delta Air Lines in the Technology department as a Technical Writer making $65,000.00 a year with a $10,000.00 bonus and unlimited free flight benefits. How did I do it? I used my writing skills to land a job in a new field and new industry. If you’re facing a job loss due to the COVID-19 Pandemic or just want to seize this time to make a career change, consider your transferable skills.
Transferable skills are often referred to as portable skills because the skills are not limited to a specific industry, company, or domain. They are transferable because the skills are advantageous and applicable across life and can be applied almost anywhere.
Here’s a short list of some transferable skills you should consider when making a career transition:
· Collaborate with others/ Teamwork
· Project Management
· Thought Leadership
· Public Speaking
· Perform well under pressure
· Decision making
· Time Management
· Goal setting
· Learn new procedures quickly
· Work ethic
I believe entertainers are one group of people who understand how to use their transferable skills well. For instance, I recently heard someone introduce Kevin Hart as an actor. If you know Hart, you know that he started his public career as a comedian and not an actor. Yet, he leveraged his ability to entertain an audience, learn and memorize story lines, and deliver them with conviction. All three of those attributes are transferable skills and Hart transitioned from the comedy clubs’ stages to Hollywood’s biggest screens. What am I saying? You too have the ability to transition into greater and bigger stages by not putting all of your eggs in one basket and by using your transferable skills.