What is employability?
Cardiff Metropolitan University has defined employability as follows:
Employability is an individual’s capability and confidence to enter and manage a career path which fulfils both their potential and their aspirations, whilst enabling them to contribute fully and effectively to the economy and society.
Graduate Employability Model
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What makes us employable are the attributes, skills, knowledge, attitudes, experiences and qualifications we develop in all the four elements of this model. The processes involved are: reflection (to increase our levels of self awareness of what we have to offer) and development – these are Personal Development Planning processes.
To find out more about each aspect of this model and opportunities to develop your employability and view our Development Opportunities Chart.
Cardiff Metropolitan University has identified 6 Graduate Attributes and aspires to support all students to develop within their programmes. They are:
- Problem-solving and analytical ability
- Interpersonal skills and networking
- Global citizenship
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Effective communication
- Creativity and innovation
For a description of each of the Attributes, review the Graduate Attributes - Student Guidance Leaflet
|'A degree alone is not enough'
'21st century graduates need to demonstrate to employers that they can 'hit the ground running'. In addition to working hard to gain a good degree, students should engage in extra curricular activities and obtain work experience in order to develop skills that will make them better prepared for the world at work. It is also important for students to become self-aware and develop the confidence to market themselves effectively when the time comes to apply for jobs'.
Association of Graduate Recruiters, 2006
|'Businesses want graduates who not only add value but who have the skills to help to transform their organisation in the face of continuous and rapid economic and technological change. All graduates - whatever their degree discipline - need to be equipped with employability skills.
Employability covers a broad range of non-academic or softer skills and abilities which are of value in the workplace. It includes the ability to work in a team; willingness to demonstrate initiative and original thought; self-discipline in starting and completing tasks to deadline'.
CBI: Confederation of British Industry, 2013