Transferable Skills And The Fluid Career Path

Adrian Adair talks transferrable skills in technology and engineering.

Traditionally, technology professionals and engineers were two very distinct groups of candidates who rarely applied for the same roles.

Now, the use of technology has become such a requirement across all engineering disciplines that IT and technology skills are in high demand throughout the sector.

As a recruitment specialist that works with both technology and engineering employers and candidates, we have seen a marked transition towards a greater synergy in the role specification for technology and engineering posts. The driver for this has been the growth in technology-based design and visualisation tools for use in engineering projects. This has moved the emphasis away from conventional site-based engineering skills to a more IT-based application of engineering knowledge.

So what does all this mean for the future skills landscape? There is still high demand for both technology and engineering skills. On the technology side, the cyber threat has generated huge demand for cyber security programming and defence along with conventional programming and data analysis skills. Meanwhile in engineering, the demand for skills cuts across multiple sectors, with nuclear engineering skills in particularly high demand.

For employers, competition for skills across the technology and engineering sectors has led to a more person-centred focus, with an emphasis on selecting the right attributes for the role and the company culture, alongside core skills. We’re seeing greater flexibility in terms of the mandatory skills profile stipulated on job specifications in response to evolving roles and the increasing need to embed technology into engineering projects.

All of this is good news for candidates as it offers greater career fluidity. A demand for transferrable skills opens up new opportunities to take a career in a new direction, add new skills and widen the choice of industries, locations and roles. In some cases, it may even provide a route to career progression, leveraging transferable skills that are in high demand.

According to a recent report compiled by Dell Technologies, 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet, so who knows what skills we will need in the future. One thing’s for certain, however; technology will lie at the heart of future roles and a flexible approach to deploying transferable skills will be critical to both finding the right people and selecting the right job.

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