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Transferable Skills. UCC Careers Service. Content. What are Transferable Skills? Examples of Transferable Skills Why do employers look for them? Transferable Skill Cycle Highlighting your transferable skills Importance of analysing your Skills. What are Transferable Skills?

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transferable skills

Transferable Skills

UCC Careers Service

  • What are Transferable Skills?
  • Examples of Transferable Skills
  • Why do employers look for them?
  • Transferable Skill Cycle
  • Highlighting your transferable skills
  • Importance of analysing your Skills
What are Transferable Skills?
  • Transferable skills are the skills you acquire during any activity in your life, that can be applied at a later stage in new situations i.e they can be transferred.
  • You can acquire these skills through all sorts of activities e.g employment, projects, voluntary work, hobbies, sports.
examples of transferable skills
Willingness to Learn




Communication Skills



Self Management

Desire to Achieve/


Problem Solving Ability

Examples of Transferable Skills
  • Analytical Ability
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Taking Initiative
  • Summarising Key Issues
  • Logical Thinking
  • Numeracy
  • Coping with Deadlines
  • Time Management
  • Research Skills
Why do employers look for them?
  • With your Transferable Skills, employers see you as a very valuable source of skilled labour.
  • Once you have acquired a skill, they know you have the capacity to transfer it into their organisation and to develop it further i.e. Skill Progression.
  • In your CV and at Interview, employers look for concrete evidence that you have the skills they are looking for i.e. Skill Match
transferable skill cycle
Transferable Skill Cycle


Acquired via sports, employment, projects, voluntary work, hobbies


Skills acquired in any situation applied to new situation


Employer looks for concrete evidence in CV and at Interview


Skills can be developed & improved in new situation

Highlighting your Transferable Skills
  • Transferable skills must be highlighted on your CV and be the focus of discussion at interview.
  • Be aware of your own Transferable Skills.
  • Research the company and job description.
  • What key job skills are they looking for?
  • Where did I develop these skills in the past?
  • At interview, show you have these skills by giving concrete examples.
  • Employer sees a Skill Match between what they want and what you have to offer.
Importance of analysing your Skills
  • You may not be aware of it, but, as you progress through college and through life generally, you are acquiring a number of these job skills.
  • During Placement you will have the chance to transfer and apply these skills in a new situation in the workplace.

Ability to meet deadlines Writing Skills (Reports)

Willingness to learn Team-work Skills

Analytical Ability Research Skills

Problem-solving Motivation to achieve

Work Placement:
  • Transfer of existing skills into industry.
  • Work with qualified people in your field.
  • Work on challenging projects, allowing you to develop existing skills and acquire new skills.
  • Reflect on and record these skills in your Log Book. This will allow you to draw on them later as part of your graduate job search strategy.

S Situation

T Task

A Action

R Results

Situation:Secured my placement with X Company, working as a Junior…..

Task: Assigned to work on the start-up and maintenance of the …….and assist Department Manager to achieve departmental targets and standards.

Action: Was responsible for…..from start through to finish Carried out tests and recorded results….

Implemented new system……

Results:Developed strong communication skills in liaising with key personnel at weekly progress meetings.

Improved my problem-solving skills through researching possible solutions, analysing options and identifying optimum solution.

Developed project managementskills by planning work, setting deadlines, managing workload, prioritising daily tasks and achieving goals.