The unpaid role of supporting a loved one or friend creates new skills and experiences that can be transferable to your work. When you are a carer, you have many responsibilities and tasks to do. Every carer and what they do is different and every job out there is different. The first step in recognising transferable skills is to write a list of all the skills that you have as a carer that you think are useful in the workplace.
If you are stuck thinking of ways that caring tasks can be transferable, for one week write down all the things you do. Include things such as writing post-it reminder notes or picking up prescriptions. Don’t forget to list interpersonal skills such as listening; or explaining to a doctor what the person you care for has said about their pain. Make a list each day and at the end of the week you will be able to see just how many skills you have. It will be easy to spot how some of them could be used in a job, others are less obvious.
Some examples of possible skills you might have gained from your role as a carer:
- prioritising and organising
- time management
- managing a budget
- managing a schedule
- negotiating with professionals
- learning new skills quickly and efficiently (ie if you needed to learn how to move and handle someone, use certain equipment or administer medication)
Here are some tips for you to try this week :
Register and complete e-learning modules with the CarersUK or learning4living.org which assesses what transferable skills you have this week.
Apply for jobs over this month which require having a caring background.
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