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1 Employability Elliot Newstead Student Recruitment Officer School and College Services University of Leicester

2 Who gets paid the most? Secondary school teacher Mechanical engineer Plumber Hairdresser/barber Medical practitioner Chief executive £85,223 £71,279 £40,031 £36,789 £27,866 £12,138 Most likely a degree Degree Degree/Apprenticeship Degree Apprenticeship/FE qualification * Median gross annual pay, ROGERS, S What do you get paid? The 2012 UK salary survey results Guardian [online]. 22 November [Accessed 16 /4/2013]. Available from Chief executive Medical practitioner Mechanical engineer Secondary school teacher Plumber Hairdresser/barber

3 Employability What is employability? Identify ways to improve your employability Create your personal action plan

4 Why is employability so important?

5 Why is employability so important for graduates? Now Degree = employment Degree + extracurricular = employment UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + right university + extracurricular + work experience = employment Higher UCAS tariff + 2:1 degree + right university + extracurricular + work experience of measurable value + own personal brand = employment

6 Graduate Labour Market recruitment is still well below pre-recession levels – the number of vacancies on offer this year remains more than 10% lower than in 2007 (HF) 85 is the average number of applications per vacancy (AGR) More than a quarter of jobs are only available to graduates (IE) Over half top graduate recruiters warn that graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisations’ graduate programmes (HF) 20% of new graduates start their career in London – this is confined to a small area of London: Camden, Tower Hamlets and Westminster boroughs (CB) Approximately 60% of graduate jobs do not require a specific degree – good ‘all- rounders’ are preferred (CB)

7 What is employability? Employment – having a job (being employed!!) –Full time –Part time –Voluntary Employability is remaining employable throughout your career

8 What is employability? Whole-life employability is determined by 6 main areas: 1.What you know (knowledge) 2.What you can do (skills) 3.What you have achieved (results) 4.What you have learned and how you have applied it (experience) 5.What you believe (values) 6.How you are perceived (behaviour)

9 How can I improve my employability? 1. Knowledge 2. Skills3. Results 4. Experience 5. Values 6. Behaviour Further education Higher education Apprenticeships Work experience Extra curricular Curricular Volunteering Academic results Work achievements Extra- curricular achievements Work experience Volunteering Research and examples Academic experience

10 How can I improve my employability? Knowledge – through learning, whether formal or on-the-job Results – by working harder and working smarter Experience – by trying new things and being critical Values – realising what your values are, realising others wont share them, and learning to communicate this effectively Behaviour – how you think you are perceived, how you are REALLY perceived, and how you would like to be perceived

11 How can I improve my employability?

12 According to the Higher Education Careers Service Unit… …the top skills that employers are looking for are: Communication skills Teamwork skills Analytical skills Numeracy skills Creativity Flexibility A positive attitude

13 Identify which skills you need for the following activities: Writing an assignment on the computer Participating in a sports game Preparing a group presentation Writing revision notes Performing an experiment Answering a maths question Mentoring other students Balancing study, work and family commitments Team working Leadership Written communication Computer literacy Problem solving Time management Oral communication Adaptability

14 Action plan – what can I do now? How can I improve my employability right NOW? 1. Knowledge 2. Skills3. Results 4. Experience 5. Values 6. Behaviour

15 Employability in summary Employability is a full-time job Employability is crucial in the current employment market Try to identify what employers want Take active steps to improve your employability NOW

16 Thank you for listening!


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