Employability and Career Management

The world of work is changing fast and a career today may involve moving between a number of different functions and employers. Employers seek people who are enterprising, resourceful and adaptable and who can demonstrate a range of skills that can be used in a variety of settings. These are known as employability skills.

Building a strong employability profile means you are more likely to be successful in your career. Employability is about making connections between qualifications, personal development and other activities to establish and be successful in your chosen career and your contribution to society. You can improve employability by being motivated and open to learning, developing skills and expertise, being self-aware and reflective and able to articulate and demonstrate your skills and experience to others.

What employers look for

  • Ability to manage and organise resources;
  • Make decisions;
  • Persuade, negotiate and influence;
  • Manage change;
  • Meet challenges and address obstacles;
  • Robust commercial awareness;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • The use of critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills
  • A proactive approach to self-development.

You are responsible for your own career management so exploit the numerous free resources online, including MOOCs - take a look at OpenLearn and Coursera, and check out educational opportunities in your area, the local reference library will have details of colleges. Think seriously about the employability skills you may have gained through extra-curricular activities too as they may help you get a job.

Keep in touch with what is happening in your field by reviewing the news, specialist and trade publications. Also keep in touch with your professional association and the activities on offer, get involved, and attend events and network with other professionals. Maintaining a CPD record is crucial and something you can use during the recruitment process to show your commitment to personal development.

The CareerEDGE model

Developed by Pool & Sewell (2007) and based on a range of employability models and theories, this model provides a useful summary of five essential elements that aid employability:

Career development learning - knowledge, skills and experience to manage and develop your careers.

Experience - work and life experience where you develop a broader range of skills that are attractive to prospective employers

Degree - subject knowledge, understanding and skills

Generic skills

Emotional intelligence – “the capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships” (Goleman, 1998). This is particularly important in recruitment situations and in developing effective working relationships.

All five elements are important and missing one can considerably reduce your employability, each is important but the five overlap and are integral to each other.

To find out how CDS could help you further please contact 0333 240 8115 or email info@careerds.co.uk

Posted: Wednesday 25 July 2018

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