Knowledge in the general public of what physicists and engineers do, or are capable of doing, seems pretty limited. And I've been running into this problem when applying for jobs.
How would you communicate the value of engineering and physics skills to a layman or recruitment consultant? I just need to get across the message that it is quite easy for a physicist or engineer to approach a new system, and the fact I am not qualified in a specific area does not mean I can't pick it up quite quickly, especially if the focus is scientific and problem solving related. I have found they treat it more like skilled labour where an electrician does electrical wiring and a carpenter builds things. From what I know, at least within the circle, engineering and physics are seen as quite broad and adaptable skills sets. And I've read endless accounts of physicists being employed in non-physics industries. How do I get them to take any notice of me when making a career change? Or should I look for companies which already know the value of hiring people from physics and engineering?
p.s. Make this a general discussion on applying for jobs using transferable skills, if you want.