EY Career Advice Why Employability Matters

In an increasingly competitive job market, maximising your employability is essential. Employers today are looking for a broad range of experiences and skills: prepare yourself properly and you could hit the ground running.

Employability is as much a state of mind as it is a set of skills. Employers look at how you have created and used opportunities for personal growth.

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Here are some tips on how to build your appeal to graduate employers like us:

  • Push yourself to try new activities that spark your interest, test your aptitude for problem solving and offer a chance to meet people
  • Join societies - it could help you discover or develop skills and strengths you didn't know you had and build a useful network
  • Gain some work experience - any role will provide skills like communication and time management that you can transfer to any job and mention in interviews
  • Volunteer your time - you can support a good cause while gaining exposure to the working environment
  • Start a blog or contribute to publications where you are able to communicate your point of view and positively influence others
  • Reading the news and business sections of the papers will increase your knowledge of current affairs
  • Build your contacts by networking with employers

These tips aren't exhaustive of course - remember to treat everything you do as a learning experience. Think about what you can take away from it and tell potential employers about afterwards.

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