Find The Balance Between Job Related & Transferable Skills

Find The Balance Between Job Related & Transferable Skills

It is fair to say that not everyone is right for every job but adapting and lifelong learning can support the accelerating changes in the world of work.

An October 2020 report by the Confederation of British Industry highlights that nine in 10 UK employees will have to reskill by 2030 (you can read the report here). What the pandemic has presented is the importance for people to have the adequate skills to help develop and progress a career. 

Vicki Reeks, industrial manager, recognises that agility and maximising personality traits can go a long way to help fit with a new role. Vicki says, “For instance, if you are looking for a role as a delivery driver or courier, punctuality, presentation and having an eye on customer service, are worth their weight in gold.”

The consulting firm, McKinsey & Company produced a report during 2020 that noted 87% of companies are experiencing skills gaps and a new willingness for employers to put more value on softer skills. 

Softer skills represent intangible attributes. For instance, this could include leadership, communicating clearly and the ability to observe and critique. Vicki says, “When it comes to a new job, think about what it takes to build relationships, be visible and create opportunity and encourage conversations. You could be a technically gifted person, but if your softer skills aren’t supporting you, it could hamper your future roles. A lot of the time, it’s not the work you do, but how you work.”

The world of work is changing faster and according to a report by the World Economic Forum, 35% of the skills required to flourish today, will be different in a few years. What was complex problem solving and people management a few years ago is now being overtaken by teamwork, knowledge of digital tools, responsibility and commitment. 

Vicki says, “Working with candidates and clients, adaptability has been our word of 2020. The challenges we all face can be complex but we need skills that allow us to navigate and find common ground with each other. Working with those around me, everything is centred on the people, as the demands of work will always change.” 

As we come to the end of 2020 what many candidates have experienced is the importance of staying marketable and having current transferable skills can help them and their career progression. The pandemic can be a catalyst for action.