Transferring Your Skills From One Industry To The Next

Throughout an individual’s working career, they can have between 5 and 7 jobs. That means some professionals average a job change every few years.

Rather than leaving behind our experiences and starting fresh, we often take the skills we’ve developed into our new positions, which indeed proves an advantage for us and our next employer.

This doesn’t mean that every talent you have developed will be useful in your new job. But, more often than not, there are some basic skills that are transferable. These types of skills are often put into three categories: functional skills; personal traits/attitudes; and knowledge-based.

Functional skills are those that people use to accomplish tasks, such as writing. Personal attitudes or traits are those that make up your personality, such as independent, quick learner, etc. Knowledge-based skills are ones that you have developed with formal training, such as at business school or through accounting courses.

By having an idea – or better yet a list – of your strengths in each area, you will be able to see how you’ll fit into a new role.

Compare your talents and expertise to the new job requirements and see how you can fit into the role. This will help you sell yourself to the company or board by showing them you have skills that will be a boon to their business.

What are the must-have skills for today’s business leaders?

While most leaders come from various backgrounds, there are some basic talents they need to have developed to make them successful in any industry.

These include:

  1. Innovation: The ability to adapt and to think outside the box is crucial to many businesses. Oftentimes, we stick to what we know and continue to do things the way they have always been done. However, that is often not the best way to draw in new customers or to boost sales. By trying a fresh, original solution to a problem, leadership can advance the organization’s interest substantially.
  1. Technological acceptance: Needless to say, there have been major strides forward in the tech world over the past few decades and technology in many ways has substantially changed the landscape and environment we do business in. Moving forward into the 21st century, business leaders will need to implement – and be willing to implement – new technology to stay competitive.
  1. Human-ness: Despite an increase in automation of the workplace, managing people is still a major part of leadership in any industry. The executive who can demonstrate sensitivity, honesty and fairness will go a long way.

If the average person can expect to change their job every few years, it only makes sense to be prepared. By developing skills that can be useful in different industries and positions, leaders will be able to rise to new challenges no matter what industry they find themselves in.