Transferable skills and flexibility

by Barrie Hopson on September 10, 2009 · 2 comments

in Motivated Skills

In our book we discuss in some depth the importance for portfolio workers in having a clear understanding of what we call ‘motivated skills’ – those skills that when you exercise them make you come alive and ‘in the zone’. This knowledge then arms you to seek out jobs which will give you the opportunity to exercise at least some of them. Your complete portfolio should enable you to use all of them. I was interested therefore to see the latest research from the CIPD on the skills that employers are now looking for in any workers they employ which will of course increasingly involve some portfolio workers.

The HR professionals surveyed saw the key attribute applicants should be demonstrating in the current climate as:

  • Transferable/ flexible skills (45%)

The second and third most popular were:

  • Business acumen (19%)
  • Fit with culture/ values of organisation (10%)

All portfolio workers need to be transferable and flexible but this research shows that increasingly so does everyone else.

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1 Anthony September 23, 2009 at 8:23 am

I don't think the importance of transferable skills can be stressed enough. Not just in this economy but for the future, too. With technology growing so rapidly, jobs will be created and eliminated quickly, and you'll need to be able to show that you can adapt to situations because of your transferable skills and experience.

2 Barrie Hopson September 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Absolutely agree with you although interestingly we tend to use the phrase ‘motivated skills’ borrowing from Bernard Haldane, originally British, but who made his name in the US and is really the father of career development on both sides of the pond. Dick Bowles acknowledges his influence as do we here. In our new book we have a whole chapter devoted to helping people identify their motivated skills which are the skills that as well as being transferable are also those that they love to use.

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