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Transferable skill training - How to transfer your academic skill sets to industrial terminology

Transferable skill training will help you describe the skills you have acquired during your academic career so that employers, recruiters and clients take notice. This workshop will support you in writing a clear CV, LinkedIn profile and creating an attractive Elevator Pitch.

Why did you decide to do your PhD, Postdoc or pursue another academic qualification? What motivated you throughout your studies and what did you find onerous and cumbersome? It’s time to start reflecting! Transferable skill training will help you to identify your drives and motivations so you can describe in your CV and/or interviews what you like to do and why. Being able to clearly articulate your interests, motivations and drivers will help you to find your dream job.

Typical transferable skills trained in academia are problem-solving, analytical thinking, big-picture thinking, teaching, coordination, administration, making new discoveries, setting up new projects, writing scientific articles, editing, conducting experiments and collecting data. As a researcher, you will be trained in all of these skills. When it comes to the job market, however, you will need to describe what you are passionate about and what interested you the most during your PhD studies.

Transferable skills workshop

In this workshop, you will perform a “Transferable Skill Assessment” in which you will identify one or several job areas that reflect your drivers, motivation and interests. You will also learn how to reflect on your past works experience to better understand what you want and what you don’t want to do during in your career.

Furthermore, you will learn what companies value in your academic career. You will also get a better understanding of which transferable skill is best linked to specific job titles and how you can describe them in your digital CV and on LinkedIn.

Key takeaways

  • What is a transferable skill?
  • Why is it important to know your transferable skills?
  • Strategy to identify your transferable skills
  • How to match your transferable skills to your drivers and motivation
  • Translating your transferable skills to job areas
  • Matching your transferable skills to job titles
  • How to address your transferable skills on your CV and LinkedIn Profile to increase attention

“Transferable skills are abilities and expertise that you can use in different situations or roles. As a PhD student, a post doc or a researcher, you use many skills on a daily basis. These are the types of skills that employers and recruiters are on the lookout for.”

Reflecting over your past will indicate your future

By reflecting on your academic experiences and your own work habits, you will better define and understand what you want, be able to write a clearer CV, and perfect your elevator pitch. If you want to get your dream job, the key is to start zoning in on how you can communicate and market the transferable skills that you possess.

A success story: How Stina found a job matching her transferable skills

Stina thought it was fun to attend conferences, present her research at seminars and she found teaching to be energizing. She easily learns new methodologies and has worked with several different instruments, techniques, and methods during her PhD. By identifying her transferable skills, Stina came across the job tile: Application Scientist – a job where Stina meets customers, travels, and teaches different methods and techniques. In this way, Stina successfully transformed her academic experience into a job that suits her in industry.

Are you ready to transfer the skills you acquired during your academic career to landing the job you have always wanted? Then contact us today.