Top tips for employability

As a University of Bristol student you have access to a wide range activities that will equip you with the employability skills that graduate employers are looking for. By making the most of the opportunities available you will not only have a great time and make new friends but you will also be investing in your future by gaining valuable new skills.

What skills are employers looking for?

  • Self-management – your readiness to accept responsibility, flexibility, resilience, self-starting, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve your own performance based on feedback and reflective learning
  • Team working – respecting others, co-operating, negotiating, persuading, contributing to discussions, your awareness of interdependence with others
  • Business and customer awareness – your basic understanding of the key drivers for business success and the importance of providing customer satisfaction and building customer loyalty
  • Problem solving – analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and identifying and selecting appropriate solutions
  • Communication – your application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy, including listening and questioning skills
  • Application of numeracy – manipulation of numbers, general mathematical awareness and its application in practical contexts
  • Application of information technology – basic IT skills, including familiarity with commonly used programmes.

Information taken from the NUS/CBI Making the most of your time at university (PDF, 757kB).

What can I do?

There is so much on offer to you at Bristol that it is impossible to list everything, but we have outlined some great starting points below to help you begin to explore the opportunities available: