Top tips for employability

Whatever career you choose to pursue, employers across industries value key employability skills and want to see evidence of these in graduate applications and interviews.

Employability skills can be developed through a wide range of activities. Start early and make the most of opportunities available to be ready to graduate with experience of using these 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. You should also check out Bristol Futures for professional and community engagement opportunities.