This is part 4 of a 4-part blog series about transferable skills.

This blog is an extract from section 6 of our Energise career e course

Read part 1: https://www.avatarrecruit.co.uk/transferable-skills-where-next-part-1/

Read part 2 https://www.avatarrecruit.co.uk/transferable-skills-where-next-part-2/

Read part 3: https://www.avatarrecruit.co.uk/transferable-skills-where-next-part-3/

People often don’t know how the skills they use in one context could be useful in another context, job or career. We can only know what we know and it can be hard to be clear about what other career options are open to us.

One of the things that I do with my clients is help them understand how their minds work and the steps they take with solving a problem for example; then identify other contexts where this approach could be useful. It is amazing how skills are transferable to completely new areas.

Examples of skills that can be transferred:

  • From cooking for a family to cooking ready-made convenient meals for busy commuters
  • From factory assembly worker in a company to flat-pack furniture assembler in other people’s homes
  • From dog lover to dog walker

From cooking for a family to cooking ready-made convenient meals for busy commuters

If you love cooking or come from a large family so are used to cooking large quantities, you can use this talent to make a living. You could sell your products online, through food festivals and farmers’ markets or start with your own network. Not everyone has the time or passion for cooking, so what you do naturally is really useful for them – a win win.

The ideal is where you get paid for doing what you love and are good at; and your customers get more time from not having to cook and enjoy food that they might never have the time or imagination to create themselves.  You could also have a positive impact on their health by creating nutritionally balanced convenient meals for them when they might otherwise eat take-ways. Or specialise in a specific customer need such as gluten intolerance, creating a focused niche for yourself, with cookery workshops as an additional revenue stream.

From factory assembly worker in a company to flat-pack furniture assembler in other people’s homes

I hate buying flat-packs and assembling the bits into a piece of furniture – it makes me stressed and takes too long. I found a handyman who specialises in assembling flat-pack furniture in double quick time. He has made a career out of what he is excellent at and something that other people hate and are happy to pay him for. His specific skill, something he does naturally, is really useful to busy people who haven’t got the time, patience and interest to do it.

From dog lover to dog walker

If you love dogs and are happy to take them for walks, rain or shine, you can use this skill and passion to earn a living as a dog walker. A friend of mine loves dogs and has 8 horses so she is outside most of the day.

She looks after the dog of someone who commutes to London during the week and gets paid for it. An extra dog makes little difference to her as she has two dogs of her own.  She gets paid for what she already does, the dog’s owner has peace of mind that his dog is well cared for, and the dog has a fantastic time outside with other dogs, rather than being stuck inside by itself or taken out just once a day for a walk.  She is more than a dog walker she is a dog nanny!

What next?

If you are at a major career crossroads and thinking about changing career direction, becoming self-employed or developing a portfolio career, we can help.


Rachel BrushfieldIf you are at a major career crossroads and thinking about changing career direction, becoming self-employed or developing a portfolio career, we can help.

This blog is an extract from section 6 of our Energise career e course https://www.inspiringportfoliocareers.com/e-course/

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Rachel Brushfield, Career Strategist and coach. ‘The Talent Liberator.

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