Why Use Transferable Skills?Your transferable skills help to make you more able to move from career to career without having years of experience in that field. But, of course, where possible it does help to also have some overlap of experience. In career guru Richard Bolles best-selling book, What Color Is Your Parachute, he explains that if you’re looking to make a huge career jump you might perhaps make an interim career jump first.One example Bolles uses for making the “long jump” is if you are an accountant in the television industry and you want to become a reporter in the medical field (no direct connection between the two jobs), it helps to first get a job as accountant in medicine or reporter in television, each jump easier since there is some direct connection to what you do now. So when you finally go for the job you really want, you bring with you some direct experience related to your new career choice. But the rest of what you have to offer is still all about your transferable skills … and of course how you fit into the culture of the new place.Yes, that means it might take longer to get to where you really want to be, but so what? It’s your career, and you deserve to invest time in yourself. And you may even pick up unexpected skills and experiences along the way that serve you well later on. So no step is wasted – if you keep your eyes and ears open.
Final thoughtsI’ll talk more about using transferable skills in other posts (see below), since they can play a major role in job interviews and in the career transition process as a whole. But for now, just remember to give yourself credit for all the skills you’ve accumulated to this point, and think about how you can best show that what you’ve already done makes you an ideal candidate for where you are looking to wind up next.Your job when changing your career is to use everything from your past to help paint your future!
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