The value of transferable skills


This morning I had a really good meeting with one of the UK’s leading law firms, Clarke Willmott. We were discussing the further development of an internship programme for current professional sportspeople.

During the conversation we talked about the challenges of career transition and how important it is to recognise transferable skills. If you are someone considering a career change, being able to market and communicate your transferable skills is absolutely essential; especially if you have limited or no experience in the sector you are applying for.

It is a really good exercise to create a DNA bank of these skills, with details of how you have demonstrated them in practice together with the associated results. These could be team leading, staff development, management, problem solving, effective communication. You can then pick out the most relevant skills when creating a CV or covering letter.

Even if a move may be some time away, the earlier you start the better.


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