Are you planning to apply for your next job? Then you must be thinking about knowing if you have transferable skills for your next job. The specific job-related skills that you may have at your present job may or may not be considered transferable skills. Examples of job-related skills are driving a bus or operating a forklift. Examples of transferable skills are using a computer or delegating authority. If you possess transferable skills then you have universal skills. So let us define what universal skills are. Universal skills are abilities and skills that are applicable or common and can be used in any job or in any location. They are therefore transferable skills. The more universal skills you have acquired throughout your education or life experiences plus all the adaptive skills you have likewise acquired, the better chances you have in succeeding in your next job.
Here is a list of eight (8) universal skills that all of us could acquire and be universally competent as well.
- Computer Skills- Essential computer skills are always required in the universal or global workplace. The more knowledge on information media and technology, the better.
- Management Skills- The ability to organize human resources and tasks to achieve specific goals is always needed.
- Interpersonal Skills- Simple, yet complicated day to day activities could have disastrous results if one does not have the ability to get along with others.
- Communication Skills- How a person conveys written, verbal or visual communication across an organization reflects a person's ability as far as communication is concerned.
- Foreign Language Skills- The ability to speak a foreign language or several languages would be very ideal in getting the message across so to speak.
- Leadership Skills- The ability to motivate each and every one in the organization to contribute and work towards a goal and not letting anything get in the way is what makes a leader a valuable asset to any organization.
- Innovation Skills- The ability to think creatively, critically and the ability to solve problems and immerse in research work is one universal skill not everybody possesses.
- Teamwork Skills- The ability to be a group member and working collaboratively with a group of people, providing constructive and positive feedback and setting aside personal conflict between individuals is the epitome of universal skills.