Throughout our life, we will encounter data all of the time, this could be facts, figures, details and information that forms a ‘collection of data’. Being data literate is our ability to read, understand, analyse and communicate this data.
Reflect: Can you find and analyse data? Are you confident using numbers?
Is this skill relevant to your possible future career options? In the next section you will see how you can identify, develop and demonstrate your employability skills.
Make the most of your employability skills
You gain employability skills through your everyday activities as a student. You therefore need to be able to identify them and demonstrate you have them in your CV, job applications and interviews, and be able to apply them in the workplace.
Identify your employability skills
Conduct a skills audit on yourself, using these online assessments:
Once you have completed your audit, recognise the skills you feel most confident in and highlight the skills that you need to develop. By doing this, you can create a plan of how to address any skill gaps.
Develop your employability skills
The University of Salford provides services and opportunities inside and outside of your studies, that enable you to further your Employability Skills. Some ideas are:
- Part-time Work
- Course representative roles
- Placements and Internships
- Joining clubs or societies with the Student Union
To learn more about employability and how to access opportunities to help you develop in this area, take a look at our employability booklet (aimed at new students) which provides all you need to know.
Demonstrate your employability skills
You will be asked to provide evidence of your skills through the job application and interview process – you can talk about where, when, why and how successfully you have used your employability skills. We would recommend keeping a record of evidence of the skills you have developed so that you can refer to them when submitting applications or preparing for interviews.
Speak to a careers adviser
Our Careers Advisers are on hand to help. Book an appointment on Advantage or by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 5).
Appointments are available for current students and graduates of the University of Salford only.