What Are Transferable Skills?

You might have heard them referred to as “soft skills,” but that name doesn’t do them justice. Transferable skills — as they’re much more appropriately named today — most often pertain to your professionalism, your work ethic and the way you approach others.

Transferable skills are useful to employers across industries and jobs. Whether you’re looking to move up in your company or you’re searching for a new career, know that transferable skills can make you stand out in a sea of qualified job applicants.

According to Indeed.com, transferable skills include:

  • Listening
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Communicating effectively
  • Being adaptable
  • Showing initiative and leadership
  • Working effectively in a group
  • Being dependable
  • Managing time well
  • Solving problems
  • Resolving conflict
  • Showing technical savvy

In a recent survey by Morning Consult for Cengage, an educational technology company, 74% of employers indicated listening skills were most in demand, followed by attention to detail (70%) and effective communication (69%).

WSU’s Professional Development program offers courses to help you build a number of these skills.