Transferable Skills

What are transferable skills? Why should one care about building them?

Let’s start by taking the example of the most famous man on Earth right now (and probably on 

Mars as well) – Mr. Elon Musk. Do you ever wonder how Elon manages to do so much?

After rising to prominence with PayPal, Elon then went on to build Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, OpenAI, SolarCity, The Boring Company, and Hyperloop.

All of these ventures are widely different from each other. So, how is it possible for a man to excel in all these fields?

There are numerous factors (of course). But one thing that I believe could have helped Elon is his ability to build transferable skills. Transferable skills, as the name suggests, are skills, abilities, or expertise that can be used in a variety of roles or occupations.

Think of skills like communication, leadership, time management, problem-solving, work ethic, and self-control, etc. Skills like these can be used as effectively in one domain as they can be in others.

Once you understand the underlying principles, you can excel in any job irrespective of the specifics of it.

Here’s an example – If you have a good work ethic, a curiosity to learn, and patience then you can excel in any field. A software guy can excel in finance. A scientist can excel in writing. An engineer can excel in acting. (Well, actually, engineers can excel in anything).

Think of all the CEOs, CTOs, and CIOs, etc. They are not necessarily domain experts. However, they have sufficient cross-functional experience that makes them capable leaders.


Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a technical content writer and self-help blogger. Subscribe to my bi-monthly newsletter, Simpler Sundays, to get a dose of relaxed reading delivered directly to your inbox.

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