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Reflections: ‘Transferable Skills’

Often as Regional Career Builders we can adopt a narrow view of our career prospects. We can fall into the trap of thinking, ‘well I’m qualified in this area so that’s all I can do’.

I was chatting to a new mum recently, Claire* who has a Masters Degree in Teaching and was a Primary School teacher before having her second baby. She would like to work around 10 hours a week to contribute to household costs but had ruled out any hope given the inflexibility of teaching in terms of working from home with caring responsibilities.

 

She was surprised to learn that she has a valuable skill set that in many ways can be applied to other careers. We started by listing her strengths:

  • Reading, understanding and applying policies.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong grasp of language/grammar
  • Excellent negotiation/ conflict resolution skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Punctual/Reliable
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Creative

 

We also began to design what her ideal employment conditions would look like for this stage of life:

  • Working from home
  • Part time hours
  • Understanding employer

 

And finally, brainstormed what some employment opportunities could look like that matches her skills and desired employment conditions:

  • Copy writer/editor
  • Remote Executive Assistant role
  • Policy writer
  • Social Media content developer (particularly for child/family focussed products/services                                                                                                                                   

 

Perhaps you can think of others? Its sometimes easier to see what other people bring to the table when we take our own offerings for granted. However, the simple truth is that your unique superpowers are valuable and worth pitching! Articulate what they are, list examples and communicate to prospective employers in your cover letter or interview how these are relevant to their advertised role.

 

The exercise was a valuable one for Claire who is now looking at submitting articles for a children’s website and is a great example of how thinking outside the box can lead to rewarding career opportunities.

(*Claire’s name has been changed at her request).

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