Aiming for a career in science? Education? Creative arts? Politics? Working through an undergraduate degree? Embarking on a Masters or a PhD? Whatever you are doing, you’re not going to be the only person finishing university and looking for a job with that particular qualification in hand. What will make you stand out to employers?
Your qualification should give you specific know-how and technical skills and standing out by achieving good marks is one part of the equation. That said, your personal qualities, achievements, interests and employability skills are also a critical part of what you will bring to a workplace. Continue reading
What skills, knowledge and attitudes do students need to succeed in life and employment? La Trobe University Graduate Capabilities lists the university’s findings on this question and it’s very similar to the 8 key employability skills mentioned elsewhere in this blog. If you match the two lists up and reflect on the skills and qualities required in your field, you can actively improve your chances of getting the job you want when you graduate. It’s about being strategic – taking charge of your learning by consciously building (and keeping evidence of) your skills while you are at uni . Continue reading
Employability skills are the skills and capabilities that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations as they navigate their way through a dynamic labour market.
To be competitive, you will have to demonstrate to employers that you have the discipline-specific technical skills they require, as well as the broader range of employability skills. Your employability skills provide the link between your academic studies and graduate employment.