In today’s job market, employers expect graduates to possess relevant abilities and personal qualities in addition to good academic qualifications. Although some will be looking for specialist skills, all employers will be interested in your transferable skills so it’s important that you are not only aware of these but that you actively develop them through practice, training and experience.
The basic skills all employers will expect will be numeracy, literacy and IT experience. Additional skills will include:
- Interpersonal skills
- Problem solving
- Understanding of the job sector / role
- Business awareness
Your success in gaining skills will depend upon your self-motivation, awareness of your current abilities and your commitment to actively developing them. We recommend keeping a record of the ones you are learning, so that you can easily refer back when communicating with employers. Those who can demonstrate their skills have a distinct advantage and are more likely to be successful when competing for jobs.
Development and Career Plan (DCP)
Developing your employability skills is an important part of your DCP and this will allow you to record your work experience and career planning activities. Throughout the year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a number of timetabled talks, workshops and events which will be advertised through your course and on our events page. To find out more, please head to the DCP module on Blackboard.
Awards, Clubs and Opportunities
We have a number of opportunities which are available to all students to increase their employability skills, gain experience, meet new people and have fun. Our current clubs and awards include:
Click on each link above for more details and for how to take part!
Employers are sometimes demanding in their expectations of those applying for their job vacancies. Graduates are expected to possess relevant skills, abilities and personal qualities in addition to good academic qualifications. Those who can demonstrate these skills have a distinct advantage and are more likely to be successful during application and interview so it’s important to be continually improving and developing these skills.
- abilities employers are looking for
- how to develop your skills
- online resources
The graduate job market has always been competitive and with an increasing number of graduates looking for work, so it is more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. Work experience shows employers that you have the practical skills they are looking for as well as the academic credentials.
- types of work experience available
- where to find work experience
- online resources
Short Courses at BGU
There is a wide variety of short courses on offer at BGU for students and externals across the next academic year, which are offered through the Innovation department.
A lot of the courses have a reduced rate for BGU students and alumni. To see the variety of courses, and also the course content, dates and prices please click here.