Do you have transferable skills?

Yes, you do!

Every­body does. You might feel like you don’t have the expe­ri­ence or spe­cif­ic skillset for the career you would like to pur­sue, but this is nev­er entire­ly true. Through­out your life, you’ve had expe­ri­ences that shaped you into who you are today.

We want to show you how all those expe­ri­ences have giv­en you a unique com­bi­na­tion of skills that you can apply to oth­er jobs, even an online job.

In the Work­styling Skills Analy­sis we don’t only con­sid­er the obvi­ous skills. It’s not just about the skills list­ed on your resumé or those relat­ed to your col­lege degree, it’s about all the things you learned from your past expe­ri­ences. If you look close enough you’ll real­ize you have all sorts of trans­fer­able skills which can be use­ful to cre­at­ing your ide­al online job.

A job, after all, it’s not just a two-word def­i­n­i­tion on your resumé, or on your LinkedIn pro­file. A job is some­thing you do every sin­gle day, it’s a series of habits, actions, tasks that fill your days.

Why can’t those tasks, those abil­i­ties, those things you learn in one job be trans­ferred to anoth­er?

To show you what we mean, we have col­lect­ed exam­ples from our careers.

Was I a teacher or a storyteller?

Gaby worked for many years as a Busi­ness Eng­lish and Cul­tur­al Train­er in var­i­ous coun­tries. When you are in a class­room, you need to keep the atten­tion of your stu­dents and the best way to do so is com­ing up with inter­est­ing and engag­ing sto­ries that teach them some­thing.

Fast for­ward a few years and Gaby cre­ates a coach­ing busi­ness: what’s the best way to pro­mote it and grow it? Con­tent mar­ket­ing, for exam­ple writ­ing blog posts. Gaby had nev­er writ­ten a blog before, she nev­er had a web­site, let alone a blog. But she was a teacher who used to tell sto­ries that had to be inter­est­ing and engag­ing. She real­ized she could trans­fer her skill of a sto­ry­teller to a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent set­ting, instead of telling sto­ries she wrote them down and turned them into blogs to engage her read­ers and poten­tial clients.

It might take some prac­tice to get it right, but I have those skills and I can use them for some­thing else. That’s what we are talk­ing about when we talk about trans­fer­able skills and iden­ti­fy­ing the skills that you already have, even if you are not an expert. — Gaby Kamp

What’s the difference between selling cars and selling websites?

When Anne moved to Austin Texas, she was look­ing for a sum­mer job that took her far away from a lap­top screen. Through a mys­te­ri­ous Craigslist ad, she end­ed up work­ing as a car sales­per­son. Dur­ing that hot Tex­an sum­mer, she acquired plen­ty of skills that would be use­ful for her future free­lanc­ing career as a web devel­op­er (among oth­er things!). What were some skills that she was able to trans­fer? For starters, mar­ket­ing and sales! Some peo­ple are nat­u­ral­ly good at it, but every­one needs to learn the basics. As well as the val­ue of net­work­ing and build­ing trust which is fun­da­men­tal both offline and online. Anne talks about this job and oth­er unlike­ly side gigs in this blog post.

I’ve used the sales skills I learned to land free­lance gigs and even bartered in oth­er sit­u­a­tions to get what I want­ed (like room and board in exchange for work)” — Anne Dorko

Managing time and managing freedom

Being a stu­dent means hav­ing the free­dom to choose how you orga­nize your days. Study­ing for the next exam vs. binge-watch­ing the lat­est tv show. Skip­ping a les­son vs. skip­ping the meet­ing of the stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion. Work­ing part-time vs. hav­ing more time to spend in the library. Rober­ta’s uni­ver­si­ty time was full of deci­sions and ques­tions, prob­a­bly much like yours. She was jug­gling sev­er­al com­mit­ments at the time, a job, an impor­tant role in a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion, friends, par­ties, trav­els, and… well, lessons and study­ing too!

Kind of sim­i­lar to the life of a free­lancer, right? When you work online, you have the free­dom to build your days as you wish. You can wake up late, have long breaks, go for cof­fee with your friends, spend time out­side. But you also have dead­lines and appoint­ments. And client calls and more dead­lines. Time man­age­ment skills are extreme­ly valu­able when free­dom is involved.

When I start­ed work­ing online, I real­ized how sim­i­lar the free­dom of this lifestyle was to my beloved stu­dent life (and one of the things I missed most in the 9‑to‑5 jobs). I could final­ly use the time man­age­ment skills I had learned dur­ing that busy time to opti­mize this free­dom and get the best out of it!” — Rober­ta Buoite Stel­la

Now that you’ve read our sto­ries about how we trans­ferred our skills to our online jobs, it’s your turn! Share with us an expe­ri­ence you had that helped you in a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent set­ting and lead to a trans­fer­able skill you could use in oth­er jobs.

If you are look­ing to under­stand the skills you have and how they can help you land your ide­al online job, check out this video for a break­down of the 5 most impor­tant steps you have to take to get there.

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