Transferable Skills From Martial Arts To Creative Employability

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Transferable Skills From Martial Arts To Creative Employability 

By the year 2020, 35% of the skills currently considered vital in today’s workforce will have changed, according to the World Economic Forum. With the Australian Government including creative industries as a focal part of their Strategy for 21st Century Australia, understanding how the new skills fit within creative enterprises and how to present yourself as having those skills is essential for success. Here is where your martial arts education becomes relevant experience beyond personal health and lifestyle, worth mentioning on your resume and in interviews. With studies that have consistently demonstrated that martial arts can raise self-esteem, self reliance and optimism, considering how to transfer those qualities into employable benefits could help land you your dream job.  

Presenting transferable skills in a resume

The first impression you can make on a prospective employer is through your resume, so opting for a more creative resume template will help to attract attention and help you stand out from the crowd. The next step is of course the content and how to best incorporate your martial arts training, making appropriate reference to how it applies to both the traditional and newly desired skill sets. Much of what employers deem crucial is learnt outside of the classroom as we typically know it. Therefore, having martial arts training feature as part of the education or experience section are both viable.

Creating a useful section at the top of your resume - either a short introduction or under the heading of Personal Attributes - will allow you to go into detail about the skills and qualities that you have developed through martial arts. This section offers the opportunity to immediately define the transferable skills you possess, which may include the ability to diffuse conflicts that arise at work, self awareness and awareness of others, respect and the concept of being proactive about learning from peers.

How to present the relevance of martial arts skills in an interview

Two new skills that the World Economic Forum identified were emotional intelligence and cognitive flexibility, which are key skills martial arts training enhances and that you can address in an interview. There are currently 600,000 people who work in Australia's creative economy, which is a combination of cultural production, creative services and support professionals. The growth in this industry has had an impact on the skill sets valued by companies in today's job market. When defining how martial arts has aided you with these capabilities in an interview, consider how cognitive flexibility involves thinking about who you are talking to, listening and tailoring your communication dependent on the situation. The creativity, logical reasoning and problem sensitivity needed to address people in a workplace scenario, whether they are managers, co-workers or clients is similar to that needed when facing an opponent in martial arts.

Heightened emotional intelligence

Similarly, emotional intelligence is important to employers since they need people who are aware of their impact on others, as well as being able to asses and be aware of others’ reactions. For those who have trained in martial arts, understanding your literal strength, being conscious of your weaknesses, and knowing how to implement techniques to best handle a work situation is a beneficial mindset to take into a workplace environment. Combining this with your colleagues' and customers' approaches, skills and thought processes - much like when you're facing an opponent or partner in martial arts - displays heightened emotional intelligence.

Creativity will become one of the top three skills desired in workers, so the range of industries that fall under the umbrella of creative is of little surprise. The revision in skills that employers are increasingly looking for and understanding that many can be developed outside the typical school environment is positive for those who have training in martial arts. Considering how you present those attributes attained through martial arts as relevant to the new perspective on important skills in the workplace will prove useful and persuasive.

Written and contributed by Jennifer Dawson



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