Employability or ‘soft skills’ are the foundation of your career building blocks and they are frequently referenced in the media as lacking in school-leavers, graduates and some already in employment. Organizations spend a lot of time and money training staff, not in job specific areas but in general and basic skills.
So what goes around comes around and of course you need to be aware that “Employability” has never been the same as employment (despite the simple-mindedness of some job seekers) be they knowledge, skills or dispositions.
While your education and experience may make you eligible to apply for a job, to be successful in the role you will need to exhibit a mix of skills: ‘employability skills’. this means that the ‘soft skills‘ can be transferred between different jobs and different employment sectors. We need a set of ‘transferable skills‘ – skills that are not specific to one particular career path but are generic across all employment sectors. Employers are often looking for skills that go beyond qualifications and experience.
Employability is that set of attributes that makes a graduate worth employing: Candidates may have the qualifications and technical skills needed to be able to manage the job role but, without a well-honed set of ‘soft skills’, employers are less inclined to hire. Understand that employability simply means the “degree of value”. Employability draws on attributes that are developed and used in multiple settings though it varies from individual to individual.
Typical Employability Skills
Indeed, employers have been consistent over the last thirty years in stating a desire for employees with good interactive skills (communication, teamwork and such) and personal skills such as a willingness to learn, tact and tenacity, as well as (and in some cases, in preference to) subject knowledge. The only thing that has changed in those thirty years is the prominence given to technology, which reflects the Information Age.
They are the skills and attitudes that enable employees to get along with their colleagues, to make critical decisions, solve problems, develop respect and ultimately become strong ambassadors for the organization.
Employability skills are listed below:
- Interpersonal skills: ability to interact with other people
- Critical Thinking skills: ability to solve problems and make decisions
- Communication skills: communicate well both verbally and in writing
- Personal Development: right attitude towards work and organization
- Presentation skills: presenting information clearly and effectively
- Leadership skills: ability to influence others towards achievement of a goal
- Numeracy (Number skills): understanding of numerical data
- Digital skills: technology skills and being familiar with online techniques
In times of high unemployment, Employers have more choice of applicants and will favor those with well-rounded Employability skills.
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