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Transferable Skills

Everyone has strengths and skills they are naturally good at. Here is a list of transferable skills that workers in all types of careers can use.

Common Transferable Skills

Skill Set Description Examples
Basic SkillsThese are skills needed by almost all workers. These skills are very important to have. Writing, for example, is a basic skill that gets you into a good job. Not having it can keep you out of a good job.
  • Learn new things
  • Listening
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Speaking
  • Think critically
People SkillsThese are some of the most needed and wanted skills. They're sometimes called "soft skills." These skills help people to work well with others.
  • Be aware of others
  • Coordinate with others
  • Help others
  • Negotiate
  • Persuade
  • Teach others
Management SkillsAll workers need these skills, not just managers. Employers hire people who can keep track of projects, money, and their time.
  • Manage money
  • Manage people
  • Manage things
  • Manage time
Systems SkillsCan you understand how parts and wholes work together? For example, could you see what would happen to your company if a certain employee left? Or how a new tax law might change prices at the grocery store? Then you have systems skills.
  • Evaluate a system
  • Evaluate an organization
  • Understand a system
  • Make good decisions
Technical Skills Technology includes computers and equipment. Computers are common in most workplaces. People in all occupations should know how to work with technology.
  • Choose tools
  • Control quality
  • Install equipment
  • Install programs
  • Maintain equipment
  • Check equipment
  • Operate equipment
  • Repair
  • Troubleshooting


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