Building Your Employability

It takes more than a degree to get a good job. Employers have a clear idea of the skills, knowledge and attributes required to do the job and work in their organisation. Depending on the industry or occupation you wish to work in these could be very specific technical skills or knowledge. However, there are general skills and competencies (often referred to as employability skills) that employers commonly seek in new recruits.

The following is a list of key employability skills. There's more to them than meets the eye, and our services at Careers can help you comprehend and master them:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Initiative and enterprise
  • Planning and organising
  • Self-management
  • Using technology
  • Learning

How can you go about building your employability?

  • Get involved in university life and extra-curricular activities to expand your interests and develop employability skills.
  • Plan early to get relevant work experience and voluntary work to build skills for the work place.
  • Record the skills you gain and activities you undertake. This will help identify your strengths and any skills requiring further development. It is also a handy resource when you need to give examples in applications and interviews.
  • Research the skills and qualities sought by employers within your industry of choice.
  • Connect with Careers to keep informed of what employers are looking for, get new ideas for enhancing your skills and experience and to ensure you are highlighting these effectively in your applications