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  • What is Employability?How you can develop your employability skills

    Natalie SmithEmployability Adviser

  • AgendaWhat is the Careers and Employability Service?What is employability?What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for?How can you develop employability skills and provide evidence for them?Introduction to employability initiatives at the University of Kent.www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm

  • The Careers and Employability Service

    LocationStaffOpening times www.kent.ac.uk/ces/

  • Services and FacilitiesReception & careers libraryQuick queriesCareers guidance interviewsTalks & presentationsOptions leaflets & free careers literatureReference files, books & postgraduate prospectusesVacancies - www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs/index.htm Alumni careers networkCareers Employability Award on Moodle

  • What is employability?A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.(CBI, March 2009) Page *

  • What employability skills are graduate recruiters looking for?Page *CommunicationReport writingTeam workingLeadershipPlanning and organisationProject managementEnterpriseProblem SolvingReflectionAdaptabilityEnergyDrive and resilienceIntegrityReliabilityEnthusiasm/passionSelf awarenessConfidenceContextual/cultural awarenessCapacity to developNumeracyPositive attitudeBusiness and customer awarenessIT skills

  • Why are employability skills so important?Increased competition over 400,000 graduates leaving university each year.

    Our latest UK recruitment campaign closed having attracted c.24500. The bank will offer c.475 places in 2012. HSBC newsletter April 2012 Page *

  • Why are employability skills so important?Changing world of work:Global economyMore career changesNew technologyRoles changePage *

  • How can you develop employability skills and provide evidence for them?Through your course:NumeracyProblem solvingWritten workResearchPresentationsWorking in groupsUsing ICT skillsPage *

  • How can you develop employability skills and provide evidence for them?Through extra-curricular activities:Clubs/societiesVolunteeringLearning a languageTravellingPage *

  • How can you develop employability skills and provide evidence for them?Through gaining work experience:Part-time workInternships/placementsCompany eventsPage *

  • Providing evidence for employability skillsEvidence/examples/details.STAR approach:SituationTaskActionResulthttp://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/compet/skillquest.htm

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  • Providing evidence for employability skillsExample of the STAR approach:Describe a situation where you have demonstrated leadership skills.It was a busy Saturday at Debenhams and I was responsible for supervising the staff on the electrical section. We were given a sales target to meet and I motivated the staff with praise and encouragement. I also acted as a role model by demonstrating how to close sales effectively. That day the team achieved a sales result of 5% above the target.Page *

  • Employability initiatives at the University of Kent

    www.kent.ac.uk/employability

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  • Employability initiatives at the University of KentThe Careers Employability Award:QuizzesAssignmentsCV checkKent Alumni Careers NetworkInformation interviewsWork shadowing

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  • Employability initiatives at the University of Kent

    Kent Union:Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering

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  • KSCV Bronze25 hours of volunteering

  • KSCV Silver 50 hours of volunteering 15 minute review with a member of staff

  • KSCV Gold 100 volunteering hours Review 2 training sessions 750 words

  • Employability initiatives at the University of KentKent Union:JobshopStand Out TrainingClubs and Societies

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  • Employability initiatives at the University of KentStudent Ambassador Scheme

    Peer mentoring schemes

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  • Employability initiatives at the University of KentLearn a language with the Centre for English and World LanguagesWork/study abroad

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  • Employability initiatives at the University of KentICT workshops

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  • Employability initiatives at the University of Kent

    Employability Points Scheme

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  • Employability Points 2011/2012 Over 200 rewardsInternships, work experience, training experiences, project placements

  • Employability initiatives at the University of KentMyFolioEmployability Toolkit

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  • Where to get more information

    http://www.kent.ac.uk/employability/Page *

    Just log your hours on the database and once you reach 25 hours you automatically get a standard certificate at the awards night discussed shortly. *Continue logging your hours and once you reach 50 hours you will be emailed asking you to book a review with a member of volunteering staff. The review takes 15 minutes and involves asking you questions such as what skills have you gained from volunteering, advice you would give to new volunteers etc this is so you think about the transferable skills you have gained from your volunteering which you can then use on application forms and in job interviews. Once this is completed you will gain the KSCV silver award. *Continue logging hours until you get to 100 hours. You will need to complete another review which will ask different questions to the silver review. You will need to complete 2 training sessions, this counts as one, others include stand out training sessions found at www.kentunion.co.uk/volunteering/standout other training run by Kent Union welcome helper training, society and sports training, careers service. 750 words about your volunteering experience.**