Q: I’ve heard of transferable skills but what exactly are these?
A: Employers are increasingly seeking individuals who have experience across different sectors.
There are also a set of core management skills, recognised as transferable across sectors and roles. These are self-management, resource management, meeting customer needs, managing change, leading people and managing information.
In terms of leadership, can you illustrate the way you have provided direction to your colleagues in a period of change or a complex marketplace?
How have you managed to resolve conflicts in the workplace?
You need to show prospective employers how you have handled complex situations and selected appropriate information for decision-making.
Success is also underpinned by how you manage yourself. What situations can you refer to that show your ability to build partnerships and use appropriate levels of persuasion?
If you can show that success has been achieved because of your abilities in any of the above skill sets, you will be in a strong position to transfer across a range of sectors.
Director, marketing & corporate affairs, Chartered Management Institute