According to a poll in the Huffington Post, almost 80% of workers in their 20’s said they want to change careers, followed by 64% of those in their 30’s, and 54% in their 40’s. Despite most workers having career plans in earlier years, 73% said they did not land in the job they expected.
With so many people desiring a change, the ability to identify your transferable skills is crucial. Regardless of what role you currently have, there are key skills most employers want:
- Meeting deadlines
- Solving problems
- Organizing and managing projects
- Managing people
- Negotiation skills
- Computer skills
- Speaking in public
- Effective writing
- Managing budgets
- Customer Focus
- Working with things (assembling, operating tools, repairing, driving/operating vehicles).
- Dealing with data (analyzing, investigating, auditing, budgeting, recording, calculating, classifying, inspecting, evaluating, counting, research, detail orientation, compiling, synthesizing).
- Working with people (instructing, demonstrating, helping, counseling, listening, persuading, supervising, coaching, understanding, interviewing, being patient, giving insight, diplomacy).
- Working with words and ideas (public speaking, writing clearly, designing, inventing, editing).
- Leadership skills (motivating, negotiation, decision-making, planning, delegating, directing, explaining, getting results, solving problems, taking risks, mediating problems, running meetings, having self-confidence, being competitive).
- Artistic/Creative skills (drawing, self-expression, presenting, performing, dancing, playing instruments).