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How transferable are my ‘transferable skills’?

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15:45 PM | 16 October 2015
by Sian Bayley
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Studying a humanities degree and worried about getting a job? Make sure you develop your transferable skills! Advice from Sian Bayley.

For those of us who are studying the more traditional humanities subjects that have no clear career path like English and History, we have constantly been told that our ‘transferable skills’ will help us to get a job. But with the recent news that up to one third of recent graduates are in non-graduate jobs (HESA), are these transferable skills really that useful in the modern job market?

According to the National Careers Service, ‘transferable skills are general skills you can use in many jobs’ such as problem solving, organising, working to deadlines and the ability to conduct research. Sound familiar? Those 2500 word essays you’ve been churning out each week rely on these crucial skills, and are seen as particularly valuable by employers, helping you to land the job of your dreams, including those in the creative sector.

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