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.
For a short summary of what Cardiff Metropolitan University offers to its students see our Employability Statement.
Graduate Employability Model
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What makes us employable are the skills and attributes, knowledge, attitudes and experience etc that we gain in all the four key aspects of this model. The processes involved are those of 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.
A degree alone is not enough. Employers.....particularly value such skills as communication, team working and problem-solving....." CBI 2005
How Employable are you?
As a graduate you need to be well prepared for the world of work and life in general.
"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."
Carl Gilleard - Chief Executive, Association of Graduate Recruiters
Finding work has become an increasingly competitive activity, and work contracts less certain. Jobs in many industries are changing rapidly. Many industries have disappeared altogether in the last twenty years; you can expect that this trend will continue. What will be the future in your degree subject? Where do you envisage yourself in ten years time?
The attributes that will enable you to be more employable will also better prepare you for the changing roles you will encounter in life.
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