Transferable Skills in Workplace
As a student, it never too soon to look at the job market in which you will be operating as a job seeker, and at what can help you to maximize the chance of having a profitable job. To be attractive to the employer is that students have to acquire during the school time. Nowadays, there have been many researches on 'employability', which is generally regarded as a broader concept of skills in the workplace. According to the definition given by the Higher Education Academy, employability is:
A set of achievements-skills, understandings and personal attributes - that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.
(HEA, 2012, p.4, based on Yorke 2006)
Skills given above are what students should develop and invest during the process of studying for a degree. Obviously, these skills called transferable skills are both relevant to employment and study. 'These skills are interpersonal as well as intellectual, and include the skill to learn from experience as well as reading, the ability to manage yourself, basic skills in numeracy, literacy and IT, interpersonal group-working and communication skills in analyzing and solving problems' (Cameron, 2008:19). So whether students could gain transferable skills in the university has become a major factor of developing a career after their graduation.
Importance of transferable skills
Browsing want advertisements, it can be easily found that most of companies are looking for employees who have transferable skills involved in: passions towards working, responsibility, communication skills, team-working skills, etc. The skills which based on previous study and former working experience could be transferred into employees' new works. People with transferable skills could quickly fit in the new job, get along with a new team and be effective as soon as possible. Despite the basic transferable skills, companies and organisations intend to recruit people with more specialised skills. For example, some consumer goods manufacturers only focus on their core work in order to keep a proper size of employees. They outsourced non-core work and recruit people who is better at communication, presentation and data interpretation etc. As the organisations are changing their recruitment strategy, both basic and specialised transferable skills should be taught in the university. Next, two transferable skills will be elaborated and illustrated separately.
Part one: Importance of Teamwork
Team-working skills could be required for any jobs. According to the research of www.careernotes.ca, here are top 10 transferable skills:
s Communication Skills
s Teamwork Skills
s Time Management Skills
s Problem-Solving Skills
s Organisation Skills
s Learning Skills
s Computer Skills
s Listening Skills
s Creativity Skills
s Leadership Skills