Careers & Enterprise

Careers & Enterprise are here to help you make the most of your skills and experience, preparing you for the next stage of your career. We’re the masters of all things employability and can teach you how to become more employable and help guide you to your future path. We can give you personalised and general careers advice, information on enterprise and working for yourself, help you find a job and host events like Careers Fairs and masterclasses.

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What is employability?

You might have heard the word “employability” being used when people are talking about graduate jobs. But what is it? Employability is defined, in line with the University Employability Policy and Strategy, as “the capability to secure and maintain satisfactory work”, and is all about what skills you have and how you can demonstrate to employers that you have these skills.

Much of the ordinary, everyday activity that you undertake as a student can contribute to your employability development (e.g. working in groups, planning projects, undertaking part time work, giving presentations).

As well as really specific technical skills that are usually related to a very specific occupation (e.g. C++ programming in IT jobs, different types of Engineering jobs), a lot of employability skills are soft skills: these are the ones which enable you to become more effective in your day-to-day working role, and which you will keep developing throughout your working life.

Employers now expect candidates to offer more than a good academic record and degree. They also look for work experience (relevant if possible) and evidence of “employability skills” such as communication skills, teamwork and planning/organisational skills. Employers also look for “rounded individuals” – they want evidence that you have been involved in clubs, societies or voluntary work in the world outside University.

Masterclasses

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