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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

What is employability all about?

A set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make an individual more likely to secure and be successful in their chosen occupation(s) to the benefit of themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.

ESECT, 2004


It doesn't matter what career or sector you want to enter, all employers are looking for certain key competencies which are essential to every work place. If you can master these then you are well on the way to success. Here are some of the most common:


  • Commercial awareness
    an understanding of how organisations work, the issues which they face and the role of people within them.
  • Communication
    the ability to impart or interchange thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs.
  • Customer care
    making the customer or client feel valued: the most visible aspect of an organisation's performance.
  • Integrity
    honesty and the display of moral and ethical principles.
  • Initiative
    the ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task.
  • Leadership
    the ability to organise, inspire and motivate a group of people towards the achievement of a goal.
  • Problem solving
    the ability to work through the details of a problem to reach a solution.
  • Project management
    the process of planning, monitoring and controlling, in relation to a particular project
  • Teamwork
    working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a common goal.
  • Time management
    the ability to manage time and prioritise to be more productive and efficient in completing tasks.

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What do employers say?

"Make the most of clubs, sports teams and social groups, particularly in positions of responsibility. They help to build teamwork and leadership skills."

"A good degree matters but so does everything else you did at university."