On 10th March International Women in Business Dusseldorf hosted a Let’s Work: Workshop on Transferable Skills with 20 International Iike-minded women all united by their willingness to learn and be inspired on their life journey.
Let´s Work – iwibdus workshop
iwibdus Let’s Work Workshops are designed not only to listen to a presentation, but also have the opportunity to put the learning into practice, in breakout rooms and in groups.
Transferable Skills – a Must Have reflection
The workshop was different, unique, and an absolute MUST HAVE. Our facilitator was Desislava Staykova-Learn, who enchanted the participants with her friendliness and ability to discuss delicate topics. She inspired us to start the process of discovery and application of our Transferable Skills.
You may be wondering: What are transferable skills? In Desislava words “Anything you can use in more than one situation or environment”. Reflecting on this helped us in our self-knowledge, confidence, and purpose-framing.
Discovery – Beyond the Surface
Every discovery is an adventure, and it was not different here. Desislava provided us with tools that would help us in the process. She then encouraged us to work in groups.
- Analyse past experiences using the various lenses
- Consider at least 2 transferable skills from past experiences which are not obvious to others
- And finally – a tricky one- Share 1 “hidden” skill and where it came from
After the discovery phase: Application Phase
A particularly important phase, finding out what chapter we are in.
- Re-evaluation of your purpose
- Actively looking for a new challenge
- Happy where I am
Different chapters, Different Tools.
An informal poll in our workshop interestingly showed that 61% of the group found themselves in the Re-evaluating your Purpose chapter, meaning that they are considering where they stand in their journey at the moment and discovering their reason for being. Among other tools, Ikigai and Elisabeth Gilbert ´s Framework were presented
My takeaway from the evening: We all have hidden skills, we just need to unlock them.
Author: Lucian Bruno
Luciana Bruno is a volunteer at iwibdus events team, she brings skills developed in years of training and empowering people, in the L&D area.
She hosts lots of our events and laughs her way through tricky situations and technology fails. She brings a spark to every conversation and is a joy to work with!
Desislava Staykova-Learn Bio
Desislava Staykova-Learn is an interdisciplinary coach, marketeer, change agent and artist. Her professional experience across both creative and business industries has led her to living in 4 different countries and working with 25+ nationalities (speaking 5 languages also helps).
Staykova-Learn uses her own transferable skills and wide-range toolbox to find innovative solutions to business challenges and support coaching clients with insights and methodologies from various fields. She is especially interested in how we can use both externally driven and internally driven changes as a tool for growth and how we can evolve without losing our identity.