Vocational training and a city job may seem like complete opposite ends of the spectrum – and making the change from one to the other can be daunting. Whether it’s dancing, drama or fashion, full time vocational training is not something you come out of thinking ‘this has prepared me perfectly for a job in finance’. However; as different as they may seem, there are many ways in which you can apply your training to your new city job, and skills you’ve picked up along the way can easily help you within your new environment.

Focus
Unlike most uni courses that offer 8 hours of lectures a week, you are used to being up at 7.30 am to get ready for your training and won’t return home until 6.30 (providing you have no evening classes of course). These long days are an excellent example of how you are more prepared for a full day at work than those who have spent 3 years having one lecture a day – your brain is used to having to concentrate all day long and you’ll have no trouble staying focused in those afternoon meetings.

Self – motivation
If you compare the number of applicants for your typical vocational school to a university, there’s hardly a difference, but due to only a 100 person average per year at most vocational training establishments it works out as far more competitive. Universities accept many more people. This means that people who have passed through their training at a vocational level tend to have extremely high self-motivation and enthusiasm, which is easily transferable to a new job. This competition creates a very strong work ethic. If you’re used to constantly pushing yourself this can only aide you within the city as you quickly learn that with hundreds of graduates working in a similar area you need to continually be building on your knowledge and skills to get ahead, and a high amount of dedication and self-drive is the best way to achieve this.

Showcasing strengths
One of the best skills somebody trained in the Arts possesses is that they are aware of their strengths and weakness, and know exactly how to showcase them in the right way. Although these strengths will be different within a working environment, it is still crucial to know how to portray yourself in the best light possible. By drawing on these skills you can make sure you show off your best attributes during work, enabling you to impress your seniors, but at the same time draw no attention to your areas of weakness whilst you have the chance to work on and improve them. Confidence and presence are powerful tools.

Networking
Everybody knows that within the creative industry you have to constantly audition and showcase your abilities in order to succeed, as well as making sure you know the right people. Often the latter becomes the more important component. Networking and making sure your name holds a high reputation is something that any person who has studied in the Arts knows to be vital, which is another talent in itself. Building and maintaining relationships within your city job is something that can help you endless amounts, whether it be on client site, with senior managers, or even your peers as within every industry you never know who might be your next boss.

Presentation
Body language and presentation skills are two more priceless areas that get thorough development through vocational training. If you’re trained to be a performer you have your own personal tricks and habits you do to keep yourself calm and composed during a performance. This means when the time comes for presentations or public speaking at work you are more than prepared to deal with these situations, not just vocally, but also physically as you can present yourself in a confident and assured manner.

As different as these two industries may seem, there are always plenty of ways you can slightly adapt your skill set to make it suited to a new and different environment. Your vocational degree may well have provided you with the confidence, commitment and competitive edge to really enhance your career in the city. Within every job versatility is only going to be a positive attribute, and the more you have to offer the better!