Employability Skills can be defined as the transferable skills needed by an individual to make them ‘employable’ in nearly every job. These skills are what employers believe will equip the employee to carry out their roles to the best of their ability.
When you have an idea of the type of career you want, do some research to discover the skills that are needed to be successful in that job. Unifrog has a library of many different career profiles and includes information on the skills required to fulfil that role. This information is also available on the Prospects website (https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles).
Think about where you have already acquired these skills, maybe from work experience, a role you have taken in school, a part-time job, or extracurricular activities. Also, think about how you are going to develop the skills you don’t have yet. For example, joining the School Council will develop your Leadership and Speaking & Listening skills.
The table below shows the Employability & Enterprise Skills employers are looking for. Even if you don’t have a specific career in mind, working towards developing these skills will leave you more prepared for when you do decide.