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Insights What are transferable skills? Discover 5 you'll learn from a graduate programme

When it comes to graduate schemes, there's one name that stands out: r AtkinsRéalis.

Here, you won't just be another employee; you'll join a supportive, flexible culture where you’ll be a valued member of a diverse and innovative team. As Lottie, Graduate Consultant explains:

"I joined AtkinsRéalis because they prioritise employees – the effort the organisation puts in to ensure junior consultants feel valued and supported is clear." 

The Graduate Development Programme is designed to foster your personal and professional development, equipping you with technical and transferable skills that will serve you well in any career path you choose. Curious? Learn more about the selection process.

What are transferable skills?

Transferable skills, sometimes known as interdisciplinary skills, are valued by employers. You can gain them from various experiences for example a graduate role, part-time jobs, internships, or volunteering, and they can then be applied to different roles and industries.

Think of them as the essential building blocks that help you navigate workplace challenges. They can be vital to a successful career, and will strengthen how you apply specialised skills too.

They include things like:

  • Communication skills
  • Collaboration or teamwork
  • Adaptability
  • Problem-solving abilities
  • Time management
  • Organisational skills 

These skills aren't tied to a specific job or industry, so they can help you succeed no matter where your career path takes you. A graduate programme can help you lay the foundation, and develop these skills early.

Let's dive into the exciting world of the AtkinsRéalis graduate development programme and discover 5 transferable skills that you’ll gain on this journey.

5 Transferable skills you'll develop:

Effective communication: 

Through our graduate development programme, you'll master the art of clear and concise communication. 

From presenting ideas to clients or collaborating with colleagues across borders, like Rose, who coordinated the delivery of work between the AtkinsRéalis team at the Global Design Centre (GDC) in India and the UK office for the Aquatar Waterpark project, your ability to articulate your thoughts will set you apart in any profession. 

Leadership and teamwork: 

Working on real-world projects from the world’s largest scientific partnerships to inspiring regeneration schemes, with seasoned professionals, will hone your leadership and teamwork skills. 

You'll receive support from line managers and senior leaders who will help you learn how to motivate and inspire others, ensuring that every team you're part of achieves its goals.


Challenges are opportunities in disguise. Through the graduate development programme, you'll become a skilled problem solver, ready to tackle any obstacle that comes your way. 

You'll learn to approach issues analytically, find innovative solutions that push boundaries, and approach every project through the lens of sustainability.


The business world is ever-changing, and at AtkinsRéalis, you'll embrace adaptability as a second nature. 

You'll thrive in dynamic environments, be encouraged to pivot and excel in different roles and industries, and connect with diverse groups who will help you gain new perspectives like Ben.

Project management: 

Managing projects efficiently is a prized skill in any career. The graduate programme will give you plenty of project management experience, equipping you with the ability to plan, execute, and deliver results on time and within budget.

Build transferable skills at AtkinsRéalis today: Your dream career awaits

Are you ready to embark on a journey that will define your future? Your dream career awaits – seize it with AtkinsRéalis. Our Graduate Development Programme is your ticket to a future filled with limitless possibilities. 

It's not just a job; it's a transformative experience that will shape your career and life. The transferable skills you'll acquire here will serve as the foundation for your success, wherever your ambitions take you. 

Don't miss this chance to launch your career with a world-renowned organisation that values your growth and development. Browse available roles and apply for our graduate development programme today.