Skills employers want
In a survey of 500 recruiters, 64% said that when hiring graduates, employability skills were more important than any specific occupational, technical or academic knowledge gained from the graduate’s degree. In other words, for the majority of graduate recruiters, it’s not what you’ve studied that makes you an attractive proposition; it’s what else you can bring to the organisation: skills, attitude, energy, insight, willingness and the potential for development.
In accordance with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) true employability depends on mastering four essential skills
These skills are the building blocks of your career and are often referred to as transferable meaning that they are applicable across a range of academic disciplines as well as in employment. None of these skills are subject specific. You will already have and be able to demonstrate a selection of these skills. These skills can be developed anywhere: sports, travel, work experience, hobbies, voluntary work, part-time jobs, placements etc.
In addition to these attributes you will need to have a readiness to take part, contribute, a drive to make things happen and openness to new ideas. Entrepreneurship/enterprise skills are frequently mentioned by both employers and universities. Broadly speaking this is an ability to demonstrate an innovative approach, creativity, collaboration and risk taking.
How we can help
- Review your existing skills against the skills you need for employment by completing My skills audit and using our skills and values leaflet.
- Download our How to develop your commercial awareness leaflet to find out how to become commercially aware during your time at university.
- Attend commercial awareness sessions, employer presentations and careers fairs and use the opportunity to ask employees about their business. Login to our events calendar to book a place.
- Take part in graduate recruiter or entrepreneurial business games throughout the year. Use Twitter, Facebook and CareerHub for the latest competitions and events.
- Use our How to develop and demonstrate the skills recruiters look for leaflet for suggestions of the types of evidence you can use to demonstrate that you have the skills recruiter are looking for.
- Learn how to master the art of networking by reading our how to network leaflet and watch the networking video.