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What employers want

Employability

Employability is about making yourself attractive to employers as a student, as a graduate, and throughout your career. Apart from your skills, employability includes knowledge (degree, sector knowledge), personal attributes (drive, determination, enthusiasm), as well as your ability to convey these effectively in the world of work.

We asked exhibitors at our 2017 Graduate Summer Careers Fair what they think... 

 

Developing your employability
Top skills employers are looking for
  • Passion and enthusiasm
  • Willingness to learn
  • Commitment
  • Motivation
  • Communication - oral
  • Drive/energy
  • Problem solving
  • Communication - written
  • Commercial and financial awareness
  • Customer and client focus
  • Tenacity
  • Adaptability
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
Get involved

On campus 

Off campus 

  • Through work experience, sport, travel and work
  • All jobs count - they give you transferable skills and experience you can draw upon in applications and interviews

How useful is my degree?

Clearly there are vocational areas such as Medicine, Engineering and Law where you will need to study the relevant degree, but the majority of employers (60%+) are not concerned about the subject you study. They want bright, engaged candidates with work experience, whom they can train. Speak to your Careers Consultant about the breadth of work options open to you.

Ways of recording your skills development
  • HEAR The Higher Education Achievement Report is the official University hub for recording academic and non-academic achievements.
  • Brunel+ is designed to give you recognition for non-academic activities during your time at Brunel by recording what you do to earn points to work towards gaining a Bronze+, Silver+ or Gold+ Award.