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Careers and Employability Service. School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research 3 rd October 2012. Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser. What is Employability?.

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what is employability
What is Employability?

‘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)

what employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for
What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for?




Contextual/cultural awareness

Self awareness

Report writing


Problem Solving


Positive attitude




Team working

Capacity to develop


Drive and resilience

Project management


IT skills

Business and customer awareness

Planning and organisation


changes to graduate recruitment
Changes to graduate recruitment


Degree + good application + good interview = graduate role

changes to graduate recruitment1
Changes to graduate recruitment

Now …

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.

the careers and employability service
The Careers and Employability Service

Comprehensive web pages

Careers talks and workshops

Careers Employability Award on Moodle

Vacancy database (Graduate Directories)

Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair

Drop In - Quick Query

Careers Guidance Interviews

attend careers talks and workshops
Attend Careers Talks and Workshops.
  • Choosing a career
  • Applying for teacher training
  • Careers in the public sector
  • How to make effective presentations
  • Commercial awareness
  • Postgraduate study
  • More information available
employers visiting campus
Employers visiting campus

Examples this term include:

  • MBDA
  • Bloomberg
  • RAF
  • Teach First
  • Majestic Wine
  • NHS
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
careers employability award on moodle
Careers Employability Award (on moodle)

  • The module takes about 12 hours to complete
  • But this can be done at your own pace

You do this by completing:

  • 9 quizzes
  • 3 short assignments
  • 1 feedback form
vacancy database
Vacancy Database
  • All vacancies sent to the Careers and Employability Service by employers, whether for graduate jobs, sandwich placements or vacation work/internships are entered on this database which offers:
  • Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you
  • Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites
careers and employability service fair
Careers and Employability Service Fair
  • Thursday 1st November 2-5pm Eliot Great Hall.

Chance to meet employers and hear about opportunities

speak to an adviser
Speak to an adviser:
  • Quick query, drop in and speak to an adviser 10.30am -12.30pm and 2pm-4pm Monday to Friday.
  • E mail @careerhelp and an adviser will respond to your query.
  • You can also book a longer career guidance appointment over the phone or pop in.
get involved
Get involved
  • Clubs and societies
  • Employability Points Scheme
  • Student Ambassador Scheme
  • KSCV Award (Volunteering)
  • Academic Schools
stay up to date with what is happening
Stay up-to-date with what is happening
  • Follow us on Facebook at University of Kent Student Employability
  • Follow us on Twitter at @unikentemploy