Transferable skills

Before you start applying for jobs, you need to consider what you can offer an employer. This isn’t as simple as it seems – personal strength is often difficult to describe in an interview or on a CV.

Planning, communication, analysis, creativity, cooperation and problem solving are the skills that will help you make the transition into work. Many people move into jobs that aren’t directly related to their degree, in these cases employers are often recruiting for their transferable skills.

Go through your work history, and if you don't have very much work history, go through your academic career and activities in your personal life and identify your personal transferable skills and achievements, finding strengths and weaknesses in your skills profile you'll and identifying the skills that employers require.

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