Preparing to find a job during your university career requires more than just getting good grades. The skills and attributes that make certain people more employable than others aren't always directly about specific technical knowledge – they're more general things that make someone a good employee.
So, what are some of the key employability skills and attributes you need as a graduate?
There are a number of broadly applicable skills that can enhance your employability as a graduate.
Effective communication is vital in virtually all roles. There is no use being a fountain of new ideas and knowledge if you're unable to communicate any of it to your co-workers. You also need to be able to talk with all kinds of different people in both formal and informal contexts. You will interact with a wide variety of colleagues, clients and stakeholders in your work and keeping them informed and confident that your work for them is on track is a vital communication skill.
Understanding and speaking another language is also a skill many businesses value.
Graduates need to be able to work in a team to support a common goal. While it's true that individual ability is important, the greater aims of a business almost always rely on more than just one person's efforts. Your ability to demonstrate a sound understanding of effective teamwork and collaboration will greatly improve your chances of securing a graduate role.
Problem identifying and solving
In many jobs, finding and solving problems is a large part of the work that needs to be done. The difficult part of this, however, is that the root of the problem is not always particularly clear, nor is the solution. Graduates that have the ability to do so will find themselves much more employable than their peers.
Skills are not the only important thing to consider for employability. Attributes are usually related to your character and aren't necessarily teachable, but they're nonetheless important from an employability stand point. Graduates should be able to demonstrate at least the following two sets of attributes to employers.
Initiative and drive
Employers want people that are self-driven and motivated. One way to demonstrate these attributes can be to list things you've taught yourself or learnt outside of formal education, as it shows you've been motivated enough to learn things without any external pressure.
Honesty and integrity
Businesses also want their employees to be honest and show integrity in their actions. This can be shown to employers by listing any volunteer or charity work you're involved in.
For more information on how Monash Talent can help you find work out of university, contact a member of the team today.