Nikki, our Personnel Administrator, encourages job applicants to consider transferable skills when applying for work with YMCA Doncaster.
Looking for a new job, a
career change or returning to work after a career break such as parental leave
can be a daunting prospect.
Couple that with all the recruitment buzzwords that seem to fly about these days, it can make the process even more overwhelming.
You will likely come
across the term “Transferable Skills”
and wonder what is meant by this, or find it difficult to recognise your own “Transferable Skills” but don’t worry
you will have these skills! We all have these skills!!
Communicating them to a future employer in a job application is sometimes the major barrier that you will face.
Transferable skills can also be known as “Portable Skills”. You won’t necessarily have acquired these skills from your previous employment roles. These can be skills that you have learned through volunteer work, your hobbies, your sports and even being a parent.
Your transferable skills are the result of your life experiences.
When considering what skills you hold that can be transferred to a new workplace, it is important to keep an open mind and be creative. Pinpoint what makes you unique.
Take some time out, possibly an hour of your day, to sit down and truly reflect on the skills that you have acquired up until now.
How would you honestly
describe your character? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses?
Knowing your weaknesses and how you would manage these in a professional
setting indicates good self-awareness.
Consider important milestones in your life and previous careers; how did you react to these? How did you manage? How did you adjust and reorganise or reprioritise?
At this point, each skill is significant; write down everything even those things you don’t think are relevant. This list will be useful when you are filling out your application form.
Employers are often looking for potential. It is vital, therefore, that you sell your
potential by demonstrating the transferable skills that you have developed
The following list shows examples of skills relevant to
the workplace at YMCA Doncaster:
Positive attitude and mindset
Ability to prioritise responsibilities
Having responsibility for tasks
Sensitivity to others
Willingness to learn
Respect to all others; staff, clients and
Do you think you have some of the skills listed above?
Can you draw upon your own experiences to demonstrate
some of these skills?
“The first day, when … the door closed, I burst into tears. It was a bit of relief …”
When the door closes for the first time, there are usually tears. Those tears are tears of relief, but they can be tainted with a little fear too; fear of the unknown.
Young people arriving at YMCA Doncaster often come from an unsettled background and fear of the unknown is a common feeling for them. Not knowing where they will be sleeping on a night or even when they will eat next.
You can make that first hour of a young person’s life at YMCA Doncaster a little easier, and a little more settled, by donating your last hour’s pay today.
Your donation could provide a welcome pack to help them settle, a warm cuppa, food for their bellies or a soft pillow to rest their head.
The last hour of your working day this year could be the first hour of a happier future for a vulnerable young person who had nowhere else to go.
Take the time today to donate your last hour’s pay.
YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by, and faithful to, our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.
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