What is employability?
Employability is "a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy." Yorke, M 2006
Employability is not just about getting a job, it is about a broader set of skills and attributes that will enable you to be successful throughout your working life.
So, what does employability look like?
- Skills and knowledge - this includes the skills and knowledge you receive whilst studying and working, plus keeping on top of industry insights.
- Attitude and Mindset - your ability to be adaptable, resilient, and able to learn and develop; having an entrepreneurial mindset; and being open to experience and change.
- Practice your connectedness - your connections and networks in a professional setting; and contributions you can offer.
- Professional Identity - understanding what makes you unique (i.e., your motivations, pathway, and aspirations).
How can you build your employability?
Building your employability essentially means developing the skills, mindset and connections that will help you gain and maintain employment. There are a range of actions you can take which can include:
1) Learning more about you and your preferred career path
Taking the time to become more aware of how your skills, interests and experience relate to your career goals, can assist you make well informed career decisions. Book an appointment with the Careers & Employability Team for a career planning session.
2) Learning about the skills that are in demand in your preferred industry
3) Understanding the types of employment in your field
You could be working part-time, casually or as a contractor or freelancer. You may even be inspired by your inner entrepreneur. How people are employed will vary between industries, so it is important you understand how people are employed within your preferred industry and consider if that is viable for you. This knowledge will also inform the types of skills you will need to develop to help you manage your career.
In some industries there may be opportunities to turn your side hustle, research project or big ideas into career progression. Starting your own business or developing entrepreneurial skills can influence the way forward-thinking employers see your work ethic and career resilience. Entrepreneurship isn't just limited to business majors. There are opportunities for all skillsets, interests and personality types. If you would like to learn more, please get in touch - email@example.com
4) Learning more about your preferred industry and the occupations within it.
The following resources can help you learn more about the industry and occupations, like employment prospects, emerging skills and starting salaries, in your preferred field. This information will inform a career action plan, which will include actions that will help you be successful in gaining employment and being successful in your chosen field.
- Job Outlook
- Quality Indicators for Learning & Teaching
- Australia's Digital Pulse
- Industry Spotlight Resources (see below)
5) Taking the time to seek out opportunities to connect with industry representatives
- Career Fair
- Industry Q&As
- Career Insights Conference
- Connect with your Professional Association
For updated events check out the careers newsletter which you will receive monthly to your student email.
The below resources are continuously being created and updated by USQ Careers & Employability. These have been created to support students in exploring their industry, like skills in demand, employment prospects, starting salaries, professional associations, and information on how to explore opportunities.
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