Knowing How to Improve your Employability
Employers equally consider experience gained from skills polished from time invested in learning what it takes to prepare yourself career ready.
We invite you to take the first step by knowing how to use STAR through this guidance video. Use STAR or Situation, Task, Action and Result to demonstrate employability skills by giving specific examples of how and where you have used these skills, or how you plan to develop them in the future.
Skills Employers Are Looking for
Employers value real-world professional experience, and look for employees who will fit in with the culture of their organisation.
In addition to the academic qualification you will receive through completing your course, employers value graduates who can demonstrate skills which can be developed through activities you undertake alongside your studies such as:
Ability to tackle unfamiliar problems (problem solving)
- Ability to understand and accept change within a workplace e.g. creating a new process to effectively perform a task.
- Ability to implement a process to solve a problem you have never been faced with.
- Ability to analyse problems and find solutions.
- Owning up to idea formulated and presenting it in a fair manner.
- Approaching communication in a respectful way through active listening and focus on problem-solving.
Data Literacy and IT Skills
- Skilful in using computer software such as spread sheet, or office equipment like a photocopier.
- Mastery in social media handle and basic design editing knowledge is an added advantage seen in current employment trend.
- Verbal – listening, understanding and speaking directly and clearly.
- Written – reading, writing, understanding and interpreting information to meet your audience’s needs.
- Interpersonal – connecting with people, working in a team and building rapport with others.
- Formulation of solution to any challenges or problem.
- Understanding the creative process to ensure most effective solution.
- Identifying the problem and working towards a practical solution through trial-and-error, or a range of strategies.
- Having creative ideas and using critical thinking to tackle unfamiliar or complex problems.
Cultural-Awareness and Cultural Fit
- Understanding of the working culture suited for each industry.
- Preparation towards being in the culture of a desired company or organisation that it operates in.
- Laying out layers of processes in leading towards creation of solution, and this may exist in a process flow diagram.
- Ability to scrutinise details laid out in presenting and idea or project.
Independent, initiating and proactive (self-directed)
- Showing independence and being proactive in your approach to career and life
- Adapting easily to new situations, change is not seen as a barrier, but as an opportunity for growth and development
- Innovation and creativity to generate new ideas or alternative perspectives that may be useful in solving problems, improving communication, and entertaining or inspiring others.
Industry knowledge and learning
- Willing to learn in any settings, in and out of University and on or off the job.
- A lifelong commitment to learning and seeing the value in past experiences and recognising new opportunities to grow.
- Being prepared to invest the time and effort to gain more knowledge and develop new skills.
Initiative and enterprise
- Creating solutions to better improve any processes or work-scope.
- Proactive approach to take on task without being asked.
- Ability to influence others toward the achievement of a goal.
- Making use of self-reflection to review your strengths and weaknesses and to set clear goals and responsibilities.
- Knowledge and confidence in your own ideas and vision, and not being afraid to show leadership potential.
Planning and Organisational
- Ability to develop work to be done and creating a timeline to accomplish any project.
- Identifying and organising resources and knowing when to deploy such resources.
Research and analysis
- Collecting and summarising data into a manageable form
- Analysis to determine what happened and why it happened
- Having proficient generic IT literacy to use digitally based technologies, systems and communications equipment
- Understanding concepts and language associated with the digital world and the capacity to understand and work with emerging/accepted etiquette and risks associated with online environments.
- Adapting positively to a situation despite facing adversity.
- Coping with stress and adjusting to challenging circumstances.
- Ability to rebound from stress in the face of challenge.
- The ability to provide solution which gained maximum output with minimum input.
- Identifying tasks to tackle from higher to lower level of priority.
Teamwork and collaboration
- Working cooperatively and collaboratively with others in a group, to achieve a common goal or outcome.
- Individuals or organisations working together to solve problems and achieve outcomes that are not easily or effectively achieved by working alone.
- Ability to structure how to utilise time effectively.
- Prioritising tasks at hand to better manage amount of time spent for each project.
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