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Identifying Your Transferrable Skills. Kathleen E. High, M.Ed. Adjunct Career Counselor, Career Planning Center Cypress College. What Are “Transferrable” Skills?. There are two types of job skills: Technical Skills Skills needed to do a specific job:

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identifying your transferrable skills

Identifying Your Transferrable Skills

Kathleen E. High, M.Ed.

Adjunct Career Counselor,

Career Planning Center

Cypress College

what are transferrable skills
What Are “Transferrable” Skills?
  • There are two types of job skills:
    • Technical Skills
      • Skills needed to do a specific job:
        • Nurses knowing how to take blood pressure
        • Auto mechanics knowing how to overhaul an engine
        • Computer programmers knowing computer languages (JAVA)
        • Accountants producing a “Profit & Loss” statement
    • Transferrable Skills
      • Skills you can use in many different jobs
        • Verbal and written communication
        • Working with people
        • Using computers and the Internet
        • Organizing information, data, people or things
        • Analyzing numbers, trends, cause and effect processes
        • Trouble shooting and problem solving
why are transferrable skills important
Why Are Transferrable Skills Important?
  • Transferrable skills:
    • The true value of a college degree:
      • Are universal
      • Make you more employable
      • Are important to include on your resume
      • Make you a more attractive candidate
      • Make you more adaptable
      • Are necessary in world of job uncertainty
      • Can help you get jobs in different fields
  • Video: The Human Resources Recruiter and the English Major

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KIiVFCZlV0&feature=player_embedded

talent vs skill
Talent vs. Skill
  • Talent: In-born, natural, does not require much effort
  • Skill: Developed through training and practice
  • Q: Is it possible to have both talent and skill in something?
  • A: Yes: By building on natural talent through education, training and practice
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Talent vs. Skill to Reach Full Potential

Scenario 1: Talent without Practice/Skill

Ability to reach full potential at activity over time

Time/

Natural Talent

alone

Effort: Practice of acquired skills through education/training

Scenario 2: Practice/Skill without Talent

Ability to reach full potential at activity over time

Time/

Natural Talent

alone

Scenario 3: Talent Combined with Practice/Skill

Effort: Practice of acquired skills through education/training

Ability to reach full potential at activity over time

Time/

Natural Talent

alone

Effort: Practice of acquired skills through education/training

how to identify your skills
How to identify your skills
  • Personality
  • Talents
  • Your Environment:
    • Upbringing, Generation, Hobbies, etc.
    • Education, Work, Military Experience, etc.
  • Follow Up Activities:
      • Visit Career Planning Center
      • Workshop: Career Assessment & Interpretation
      • Make Appointment To See A Career Counselor
      • Classes:
        • COUN 141: Career Exploration
        • COUN 150: Academic & Life Success
        • COUN 151: Career & Life Planning
      • Handouts:
        • Generational Values
        • True Self
assessments to identify skills
Assessments to identify skills
  • MicroSkills
    • Assessment available in the Career Planning Center
  • Myers Briggs (MBTI)
    • Identifies personality and related strengths which can be cultivated into transferrable skills
  • Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS)
  • StrengthsFinder
    • (Not available through the Career Planning Center)
    • http://strengths.gallup.com/110659/Homepage.aspx
  • Values in Action
    • (Not available through the Career Service Center)
    • http://viacharacter.org/www/
a place to begin microskills
A Place To Begin: MicroSkills
  • Identifies 72 potential transferrable skills in areas of:
    • Self Management
    • Situational Skills
    • Detail Skills
    • Movement Skills
    • Operational Skills
    • Numerical Skills
    • Communication Skills
    • Conceptual Skills
    • Judgment Skills
    • Reasoning Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Leadership Skills
additional transferrable skills not included in microskills
Additional transferrable skills(not included in MicroSkills)
  • Adaptability
  • Care Giving
  • Diversity
  • Driving
  • Event Planning
  • Hospitality
  • Learner
  • Multi-lingual
  • Networking
  • Observation
  • Other-focused
  • Patience
  • Public Speaking/Performance
  • Resourcefulness
how to develop your transferrable skills
How to develop your transferrable skills
  • Create environments that develop skills:
    • True Self:
      • Work
      • Education
      • Internships
      • School Activities
      • Military
      • Volunteer Opportunities
      • Leisure Activities
      • Community Activities
      • Family Life
wrap up
Wrap Up
  • Need Help?
  • Not Sure What to Do Next?
    • Make an appointment to see a career counselor
      • In the Career Planning Center
      • (714) 484-7120
      • Student Services Bldg. 2nd Floor