WHAT ARE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS AND WHY DO WE NEED THE

Transferable skills are skills that you learn and develop in one situation that can then be used and applied in another situation. They are skills which you already have but need to develop through different situations or events.

Transferable skills can include any number of things – team work, leadership, multitasking, budgeting, guest service, problem solving, coding, communication, research, caregiving and even patience. Yes patience!

I guess you raised your eyebrow at that. The thing about transferable skills is that it cuts across every facet of man’s existence so anything you are able to do to surmount whatever hurdle is placed before you is a transferable skill. You may not even know you have acquired a certain skill until you are placed in the middle of a situation that requires that skill and you just find out that you are able to flow therein with ease, much like a pro.

You need transferable skills because they help you adapt to whatever situation you find yourself. They also open up to you channels of income that you may not have had access to without them.

One of the secrets to developing transferable skills is to pay attention to everything around you wherever you find yourself and see what you can learn from them. Never take for granted the situations or acquaintances you come across. Sometimes, they may cause a certain level of discomfort but ignore that and focus on the great gain just around the corner. Your ability to learn determines how much skill you’d develop and how far you’d go in life.

So are there certain skills you just discovered or are hoping to develop? Come on board let’s talk about it.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A JOB AND A CAREER

We will be writing about a job and a career today. So many people think a job and career mean the same thing, but guess what?  They are two different things. Yes you read right!

A job is more focused on earning money while a career is a series of related employment in one field that provides experience for your future and helps you earn a better paycheck and living status.

Seyi worked as a janitor in a private organization after his secondary school. He gained admission to study Accounting, and went into part-time teaching to see him through school. When he graduated, he started teaching accounting in a private secondary school. Two years later, he got another opportunity as a sales representative with a FMCG company. A year down the line, he got a teller job with a bank. That’s a job.

Marvel started ICAN immediately after secondary school and went to the university to study accounting. During her university days, she became an intern for an accounting firm. Upon graduation, she went for her CPA certification after which she started out as a graduate trainee in an audit firm. Worked on more certifications like the CIA and became a certified auditor. That’s a career.

A job is something you do simply for the money. A career is all about building up skills through various employment opportunities, giving you the ability to move on to higher paying and more prestigious ones. Careers provide a foundation of experiences that help fuel your professional life for many years.

A job is short term and more focused on getting a task done. Usually, jobs have a small impact on future resumes because they aren’t typically related to what your career is or will be. Also, jobs usually offer less networking opportunities because your co-workers often won’t be continuing on to the same field as you in your future career. Careers are more long-term and are about learning, gaining experience, building connections, and putting yourself in the right position for promotions and raises.

That’s not to say that jobs aren’t valuable. Jobs show your work ethic, which is important to future employers, and money pays the bills! Jobs can help prepare you for a career by providing you with valuable skills like time management and communication.

However you can turn your job to a career.

1. Focus on a job and continue learning and developing

2. Get a mentor

3. Expand your network. Attend seminars, conferences etc.

4. Go for certifications in that field and apply for internship.

Do you currently have a job or a career?

Are you willing to make a career out of that job your currently have?

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CAN YOU TURN A HOBBY INTO A CAREER?

First off, let’s know the difference between the two.

A hobby is something which you like to pursue in your free time for fun and relaxation. A career on the other hand is a profession or occupation that is specialized, focused and followed as your lifework.

It has been said that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life. While this might be overrated, you can actually find many ways to turn your hobby into a career. There are five simple strategies to start turning your hobby into your profession. So if you’ve already got the will, here’s how to get the way.

1. Keep Innovating

Irrespective of the kind of hobby you have, you can monitize it by innovation. For example if you like painting, why not give your home  a re-paint. That’s the beginning of business. When you start getting compliments from families and friends, a new brand has been birthed.

However you need  to figure out how to expand your client base, how to market your product/services, and how to create an adaptable product/service.

Every aspect of creating a career involves inventiveness and imagination. Whether it’s how you create the product or how you encourage the market, you’ll need to learn to innovate. No matter how successful you get, you can never stop brainstorming.

2. Be Persistent

“It’s okay to dream, but that’s not enough—you have to take action on your dreams —every single day.”

So, how do you get started? The best way to learn persistence is by creating a schedule and  sticking to it. “Be sure to work at some part of the business or hobby at least 15 minutes every day.” Now, of course, if you’re really trying to turn your hobby into a career, you’re eventually going to have to start ramping that daily time up. But 15 minutes a day is a great place to start.

3. Listen to All Feedback, Even Criticism

Friends, family, trusted peers, and role models play a vital role in helping you to successfully professionalize your hobby. Listen to their feedback and consider their remarks, because it’s possible that your enthusiasm and passion are keeping you from seeing something that might be a hazardous obstacle.

4. Keep it Simple

If you are a hair stylist, don’t mix it with dress making. To begin the transition from hobby to profession, don’t overcomplicate it. Instead, simplify your goal and keep your aims clear. It will be easier to make a name for yourself and market your services if you can put an explicit title to your trade.

There is plenty of opportunity out there, and if you remain focused on your main goal, you will get there faster and ultimately have more success in the end.”

5. Stay True to Your Brand

It’s easy to feel competitive with other businesses out there and to compare your success to theirs, but staying true to your vision and your brand is the surest way to succeed in your work.

If you can stay true to your brand, you’ll enjoy what you do and others will appreciate you (and of course, pay you) for doing it.

Do you love what you currently do?

What is that hobby you will like to make a career out of?

ARE THERE MALE JOBS AND FEMALE JOBS?

This is a rather controversial question owing to the fact that people hold different schools of thought in this regard. Some people feel there aren’t while some feel there are. The generations of our fathers and fore-fathers did believe that certain jobs were reserved for a particular gender. For instance cooking was regarded as the woman’s job and hunting was the man’s job.

However, recent research has shown that virtually all jobs have an array of both male and female workers; the only difference is the percentage. Some jobs have higher female workers while some have higher male workers.

This is primarily because of differences in gender formation. We all know that males are wired differently from females and so they would naturally do things differently. Their attractions differ, so do their passions. In addition to that, their strength levels differ so you’d find more males doing physically demanding jobs than females.

Men are the stronger gender naturally and women, the weaker. I like to regard men as programmed for hardware while women are for software. Nevertheless, the strength of the man compliments the weakness of the woman and vice versa.

Some hardware companies would only hire men because the job requires a high level of strength and energy which only men can muster. Some other companies would only hire females because of their innate abilities.

For instance, females would mostly be hired for the job of a nurse or caregiver because caregiving is a natural trait with the female, born out of her maternal instinct. On the other hand, males would be hired for a construction or building company because of their strength, which is required for the job.

Whatever the case may be, it must be understood that both genders are positioned to complement each other and none should look at the other as unimportant or less important. The presence of the man working his job and the woman working hers brings about a balance which is important in the advancement of any society.

Therefore, each gender working whatever job must be appreciated and encouraged, bearing in mind that the focus should be on productivity and not the gender.

SURVIVING DOWNSIZING: 7 WAYS LEADERS CAN MAINTAIN HIGH PRODUCTIVITY AND MORALE WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH

Being a great leader is easy when the economy is healthy and your organization is profitable. Being a great leader is not so easy when your organization is struggling, you’re laying off employees and you need to reassure the rest who are worried about losing their jobs.

The reality today is that many executives will oversee workforce reductions in response to the need for cutting cost, reorganization or other competitive pressure. While a leader might prefer to quickly move past job losses, doing so without addressing the needs of the workforce could cause serious performance setbacks. Staff members who are fearful of losing their jobs or overwhelmed with the prospect of taking on more responsibilities can quickly become demoralized, stalling productivity.

Here are some ways that resilient leaders can guide their workforce past fear and toward success:

1.) Be visible, be honest and be clear about your expectations

Executives who have directed layoffs should inform all remaining employees about the situation as quickly as possible and, preferably, face to face. Effective leaders explain why such a difficult decision was required and acknowledge the impact on staff. They provide an opportunity for employees to express their feelings and they inquire about their concerns. They also steer attention away from fear and uncertainty and toward a renewed purpose by describing clear, achievable, short-term goals (where the organization is going and how he or she envisions it’s going to get there). Early victories are particularly important in difficult times, therefore it’s beneficial to emphasize results hoped for this month rather than next year.

2.) Provide opportunities for employees to take constructive action

Since feelings of helplessness deplete morale, it’s helpful to involve employees in problem solving and productive activities. Some leaders use advisory groups or focus groups, others circulate surveys or hold informal meetings to solicit ideas. They use the feedback they receive to develop change strategies, acknowledging what they learned and keeping employees apprised of the status of their ideas and requests, as well as outcomes. Keep communicating to build buy-in. Engaging employees in conversation demonstrates respect, which helps them feel more secure and builds morale. Astute leaders therefore create opportunities for discussion.  They consult staff members regarding what information and what types of communication

HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY WORK FROM HOME DURING A LOCKDOWN

The average working class person usually leaves home to go to an office. Some people however have to work from home as their jobs don’t require any office space that their homes can’t handle. These are mostly entrepreneurs though. For this category of people, working from home has become a lifestyle and if there is a lockdown, they won’t have much adjusting to do.

However, for the people who are accustomed to working from an office, there’s some adjusting that needs to be done. With the present COVID-19 lockdown being implemented worldwide, work cannot cease so as not to create setbacks in the businesses after the lockdown. Nevertheless, it cannot be business as usual if there’s going to be any success with work.

So first off, you need to incorporate your work activities into your daily home routine. You could outline the list of work things you need to do daily and prioritize. You must understand that things will be a bit different particularly if you are married and have kids. You need to create space for them so that they don’t clog up or interfere with your work schedule. One very good way you can start your day is by getting ready for work as usual. You must overcome the temptation to laze about or stay in bed as you’re not on vacation. Avoid anything that will make you unproductive with your work.

As much as possible, try not to get too distracted, particularly with family hence you must arrange a workable schedule. Understand that neither your work nor home should suffer during the lockdown as you need both in good condition even after the lockdown.

Keeping in touch and staying connected with colleagues, friends and relatives is important as well during a lockdown because since there’s little or no movement, staying connected is the only way to be duly informed and up to date on work-related,  as well as, family and societal matters.

Lastly don’t make any decisions or take any actions you’d regret post lockdown. Eat healthy, keep fit as much as possible, stay safe and keep your spirit high.

SHOULD COMPANIES HIRE PREGNANT APPLICANTS?

On a discussion forum recently, a member lamented that she lost a dream job opportunity, presumably because she was pregnant.

She explained in a long emotion-laden post that she had passed through series of stages of interviews for her dream job only to be asked about her pregnancy status and how it could affect her at the final selection stage. Of course she was straightforward with them (not like she had much choice, as her pregnancy was already visible) but assured that she intends to take a short maternity leave, such that her job would not be affected for long.

Few days later, she got a regret mail from the company. The reason for rejecting her was predicated on the fact that ‘we want someone who would be ready to go’ from day one.”

Were they right to do that?

Some members gave their position and I thought they were interesting:

Tara (HR Officer):

‘Employers can’t ask whether you’re pregnant because it’s one of those unlawful application and interview questions – they’re more concerned about whether you can do the job than whether you’re having a baby. So, yes, employers do hire pregnant women who are qualified to do the jobs for which they apply.’

Nike (Teacher):

Employers hire pregnant applicants who say they can perform the essential functions of the job, prove they can interview successfully and, when required, pass the background check and drug screening. There’s nothing to prevent a pregnant woman from getting a job, but the reality is that some employers discriminate against women who are pregnant. If an applicant’s pregnancy stage can be detected by how much she’s showing, some recruiters or hiring managers might not believe she’s actually in a position to perform the job functions. And some employers are fearful that they might become liable for higher group health coverage rates or that they might have to spend too much accommodating the woman’s pregnant condition and possible time off from work

Anonymous:

Can you really blame them? Why would a business hire someone who is already pregnant?! Knowing that the person will need time off for doctor’s visits, then maternity leave, find a cover, keep the job open until they come back etc. I understand things happen, but being pregnant should not affect productivity.

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