Transferable Skills 

Transferable skills are general skills that you take with you to other life experiences and jobs. You gain these skills over the years of experience either from previous jobs, projects, voluntary work, sport, your home life, hobbies, and interests. They enable you to be adaptable and flexible in case you need to change your job.

Your Military Career has given you a wealth of transferable skills and along with your life experience these skills can give you a distinct advantage over other candidates in the job market.

Employers see candidates with transferable skills better at problem solving and better at generating new ideas and meeting the expectations that others put on them. Listed below are some examples that will assist you to identify your transferable skills:

Communication Skills 

Research Planning Investigation 

Human relations / Interpersonnal 

  • Speaking effectively                     

  • Writing clearly and concisely              

  • Listening attentively and objectively

  • Expressing ideas                              

  • Facilitating group discussion              

  •  Editing

  • Reporting information                

  • Providing appropriate feedback                               

  • Negotiating

Work survival 

  • Implementing decisions                               

  • Cooperation                                               

  • Enforcing policies

  • Being punctual                                 

  • Managing time and stress                           

  • Attending to detail

  • Taking initiative in job-related duties

  • Discerning appropriate behaviours for the workplace

  • Meeting goals

  • Enlisting help 

  • Accepting responsibility

  • Setting and meeting deadlines

  • Organizing

  • Making decisions

  • Seeking opportunities for professional development

  • Evaluating personal and professional strengths and weaknesses

  • Working effectively under pressure ​

  • Forecasting/predicting                 

  • Creating ideas                                            

  • Identifying problems

  • Imagining alternatives           

  • Identifying resources                               

  • Gathering information

  • Solving problems                       

  • Setting goals                                              

  • Extracting important information

  • Analysing                                            

  • Developing evaluation strategies          

  • Testing validity of data

  • Designing an experiment or model

  • Formulating questions

  • Making conclusions                       

  • Conceptualizing                                        

  • Observing and discovering

  • Defining needs                                

  • Developing rapport                        

  • Being sensitive                                          

  • Listening

  • Conveying feelings                         

  • Providing support for others                  

  • Motivating

  • Sharing credit                          

  • Helping others                           

  • Cooperating

  • Keeping a group “on track”         

  • Being patient                                           

  • Interacting effectively with others

  • Persuading others                          

  • Being willing to take risks                             

  • Teaching/instructing others

  • Effective social behaviour           

  • Perceiving feelings and situations            

  • Delegating with respect

  • Working with diversity or multi-cultural issues