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It can be quite scary making a career change at any point in your life - particularly when you’re a little older and more experienced. However, as we’ll see as we go through this article, having transferable skills will really help you make the switch more smoothly.

Is 24 too old for a career change? 

Absolutely not, and your personal development plan should take that into account. Long gone are the days when people spent their whole professional life in a single job. In fact, the stats show that Australians averagely spend just 3 years in each role they have, so you’re never too old!

So, What are some examples of transferable skills? 

Ok, now we get into the good stuff, with those five transferable skills we promised you in the article’s title. So let’s waste no time and dive straight in!

Skill #1 - Clear Communication

As short courses in recruitment show us, you’d be hard-pressed to find a job that doesn’t call for clear and effective communication. Encompassing a range of elements such as verbal, and non-verbal communication and active listening, being able to get your point across is key to most professional roles.

Skill #2 - Critical Thinking

Covering problem-solving, analysis and research, critical thinking skills are relevant to any sector. Being able to think your way through any given situation is not industry-specific, so it’s another skill that stands any professional in good stead wherever they go.

Skill #3 - Teamwork

No matter where your career change takes you in your working life, invariably you’ll be collaborating or at least co-existing with others. Even solitary ‘field work’ roles will have a teamwork aspect, particularly as remote technologies might mean you’re in regular contact with your colleagues.

Skill #4 - Creativity

One of the most complex transferable skills is creativity - as it applies not just to creating things, but also to your approach to work tasks. Short courses can be used to develop your knowledge and other hard skills, but creativity comes from within, often being leveraged when a problem arises.

Skill #5 - Leadership

We’ve left one of the most useful transferable skills to possess to last - that of leadership. If you’re able to effectively guide others and oversee projects using your initiative, you’re going to be super-employable. Whenever you lead on any project, be sure to note it down for inclusion on your CV. 

Boost Your Career Change  With OCA Short Courses 

So, as we can see, if you possess any, or indeed all of the skills mentioned above, you’re going to find that career change switch altogether easier. Something else that makes it smoother is CPD-approved, video-based short courses from OCA that offer a mentally stimulating way to learn. 

To find out more about our complete range of courses that cover more than 20 different industries, visit us today at There you can also find our flexible payment choices that make our training even more affordable and accessible to everyone.

However, if you need to speak to us to have questions answered or anything else, give us a ring on 1300 611 404 and we’ll be delighted to assist. 

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