Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser. Employability School of History. What we will cover:. What is employability? What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for ? How to develop your employability skills Getting involved
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‘A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.’ (CBI, March 2009)
Capacity to develop
Drive and resilience
Business and customer awareness
Planning and organisation
‘Our latest UK recruitment campaign closed having attracted c.24500. The bank will offer c.475 places in 2012.’ HSBC newsletter April 2012
Degree + good application + good interview = graduate role
Employers increasingly focusing on attributes in addition to traditional employability skills
Successful applicants have often had experience within the organisation via Insight days, work experience, internships etc.
"Few students are able to articulate what they have gained from their experience in higher education." (Association of Graduate Recruiters, 1995)
Gaining work experience
A recruiter in a major London law firm says,
“If you have been employed scrubbing pots in a hot sticky kitchen we can see that you have resilience”
Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering
“I have really enjoyed working as a student ambassador especially being part of the summer core team as I got to meet new people of all abilities, get involved in different activities and learn new skills and gain more experience”.( Katie Hardaker Sports Science)
Careers Talks and Workshops
Careers Library: Employer Directories, Occupational Profiles, Books etc
Comprehensive Web Pages
Careers Employability Award (CEM) on Moodle
Alumni Careers Network
Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair
Drop In - Quick Query
Careers Guidance Interviews
Examples this term included:
Chance to meet employers and hear about opportunities
“I liked the fact that the assignments relate to how you would fill in answers on a graduate job application step by step and provides examples of how to fill it in.”
“I really enjoyed the quizzes. They effectively highlighted the gaps in my knowledge, as many of the answers surprised me. I also found the module on creating my own CV very useful, these skills will be invaluable for tailoring my CV to particular jobs.”
“There is a wealth of information about everything; I especially liked the individual information about specific job types and the advice given about interview skills.”
On successful completion you receive a University of Kent Careers Employability Certificate.
You can then add the following to your CV to show to employers.
"On my own initiative I enrolled for and successfully completed the University of Kent Careers Employability Award which covered identification and development of employability skills, self-awareness, identification of relevant career options, researching opportunities, CV preparation and interview skills."
… not to mention Alan Bennett; Salman Rushdie; the
director of the Howard League for Penal Reform;
Michael Mansfield QC; the Bishop of London; Chris
Martin; the Director-General of the CBI, the Chief
Executive of Barclays Bank; an award-winning
children’s writer; and the producer of Hotel Babylon