Week 3 - CVs and transferable skills

Session: CVs and transferable skills

Session objective: This session focuses on identifying transferable skills and designing effective CVs, Linkedin and GitHub profiles.
CVs and transferable skills slides

Exercise (10 min)

Exercise objective: To identify transferrable skills from different life experiences.
List 3 transferable skills to be gained for each of the following jobs:
  • Stay at home parent
  • Taxi driver
  • Receptionist
  • Academic
  • Civil servant
  • Project Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Writer/Artist
  • Teacher, or
  • Feel free to use your current job as an example

Exercise (10 min)

Exercise objective: To identify skills that can be developed during the CYF course.
The following is a real ‘junior software developer’ job description from LinkedIn. In small groups, map these skills back to the skills you will gain at the end of your CYF course in a demonstrable way.
Share back with the group. You can collate the answers on a white board.
Your skills and experience:
  • Demonstrate passion for technology (personal projects, open source involvement)
  • Have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communications skills.
  • Enjoy problem-solving and be logical.
  • Be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Like working in a team with lots of different people.
  • Be able to take responsibility for a piece of work from start to finish
  • Be good at planning and prioritising workload
  • Articulate and justify conceptual ideas and solutions to clients and internal teams
  • Focus on delivering value to the business with relentless efforts to improve process
  • Fluent in written and verbal English