You are qualified: How transferrable skills can help you get your next job



You may be thinking about your next career move or looking to pivot into a new role or industry. You are wondering whether you have the skills that will help you thrive in your next role. Chances are, you do.

Our panelists from Udemy, Susan Kilcline (Commercial Sales Leader) and Darryl Gibney (Senior Sales Manager EMEA), shared some practical tips for identifying your skills that will help you land your next job.

What are your top three strengths?

In order for us to approach our career development with confidence, we need to understand our strengths. Our strengths are inherently transferrable. Spend time reflecting on your strengths. Ask your colleagues what strengths they see in you.

Then, practice narrating those strengths to yourself. Weave them into your daily life and lean on them in times of transition, challenge, or uncertainty. Once your strengths have been named, they will serve as your north star no matter what role you seek.

Soft Skills should be called Power Skills.

The common phrase "soft skills" does not accurately describe the importance of transferable skills. Retraining our brains to call them "power skills" is far more beneficial. It reminds us that more often than not, hiring managers hire for potential rather than exact skills outlined in a job description.

Power skills include skills such as:

  • a growth mindset
  • collaboration
  • self-awareness
  • relentless curiosity
  • innovation
  • entrepreneurial spirit.

Be brave enough to dare.

Research has shown that women do not apply for jobs if they do not meet 100% of the requirements outlined in a job description. However, men apply regardless if they check every box. Remembering our strengths and power skills should empower us to take the chance, regardless of what the job description tells us we need to succeed. Growth and development happen on the outskirts of our comfort zone. We need to be brave enough to dare and see where it takes us!You are more qualified than you think you are. You bring a unique set of skills that your company can tap into. But, this confidence comes only when you understand what makes you great. Once you identify your unique skills, continue investing in them (upskill these skills!). Lean into them so you can chart your own career path.

Want to learn more? You can stream the full event recording here.

Thank you to all of the WISE partners for making this event possible and our panelists for sharing their time and advice.