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Different types of skills

Whatever subject your degree, you’ve learnt an amazing set of skills! Now’s the time to transfer them to the world of work.

What are ‘transferable skills’?

Transferable skills are a simple set of practical skills that almost all employers look for.

Everybody has a set of transferable skills which can be used to boost their employability. It’s down to you to identify what your skills are, and how you can make them stand out to employers.

Skills can be divided into two main categories: hard and soft skills.

Hard skills: your technical and practical abilities. Or what you can actually do. Common hard skills include computer literacy and general practical abilities like time management and hitting deadlines.

Soft skills: your ‘people skills’ and personality traits, such as your ability to communicate with your co-workers and everyone else.

When talking about your skills, the most important thing is to talk about how they can be transferred to a professional environment, using examples of times when you have used and developed them.

Finding examples

It is essential to provide evidence to back up the strength of your skills. Think about the tasks you do in a normal day, week and month at work, during your degree, in your spare time, and during any volunteering experiences.

You’ll find that you have many more transferable skills than you think.