What Makes You Employable?
The logical starting point is to define the meaning of employability as it can be a daunting and often vague. Is it a tangible asset? Is it something about your character? Or is it related to your experience and skills? To get to the bottom of what it really means, we’ve asked our panel to define what it is..
- Johnny Dixon, Employability Executive
Employers value skills and experiences, but this doesn’t have to come from work. You can get experience and skills from volunteering, work shadowing, competitions and even from travelling. Be proud of your experiences and make sure you tell employers about them because they’re what set you apart!
- Jasmine Ward, People & Talent Manager
To an extent, experience can be taught. It’s all about the attitude, drive and emotional intelligence that I look for the most. When I screen my candidates, I love to ask situational questions, such as “tell me about a time when you XXX” or “what does a good day at work look like to you?” This really help tap into how a person works, what drives them and whether they’re going to make a positive impact in the company.
- Craig Pemblington, Head of Projects
Employability goes beyond work experience. Whilst certainly having work experience can make you more employable and contribute to readiness for work, employable graduates are more than this. They’re resilient, can communicate well, they are adaptable to changing demands, they’re driven to achieve results and crucially they’re committed to their own personal development and how their own growth can be of value to their prospective employer.
- Ash Young, Managing Director
Employability is not just one thing - it is the culmination of your studies, character, work experience and importantly, your general life experiences. It is not just a case of having a shining CV, you have to have enthusiasm and passion to match. That’s why when hiring at Evoluted, we look for the things beyond just work experience as this is often what sets people apart. For example, starting your own side projects, websites or blogs allow you to develop employable characteristics, such as initiative and drive.
- Alex Law, Former Placement Web Developer
Having done a year in the industry sandwiched within my University course allowed me to take on a different perspective on the content that is taught in University - where I can clearly see the value in the material that is presented to me and apply them to the workplace, which is much more motivating as a student than blindly following things that a lecturer teaches.