University of Gloucestershire Employability

By | 6th June 2017

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University of Gloucestershire Employability

University of Gloucestershire Employability

Employability

What does employability even mean?

Employability can be defined as the ability to get and keep satisfactory work. Employability is the development of a set of fundamental skills, attributes and attitudes, so it is a lot more than simply applying for work!

Employability is about having self-awareness of your own skills, and your acquirement of transferable skills that can be used and developed in the work place. Probably most importantly, it is about your ability to demonstrate and effectively communicate your employability to potential employers through an understanding of your own achievements, attributes and personality.

How can I enhance my employability?

There are lots of ways you can develop your employability whilst you’re at University through your Students’ Union. One of the ways to do it is through part time work advertised by the Jobshop but with so many jobs and so many candidates applying for them it can be hard to stand out. That’s why we have some handy hints and tips to help you make your job search successful.

Read & download the jobshop’s guide to writing a CV for part time work HERE

This step by step guide has been produced by Laura in the SU jobshop to help students who plan to apply for part-time jobs whilst studying for their degree to write a CV & covering letter.

Students wishing to apply for full-time graduate positions or internships/work experience can obtain information and advice from the University Careers Team or Degreeplusplease visit the Employability Hub here for more information.

Interview basics

The interview stage can be nerve racking for some and this is natural- you want to do well.  The best way to manage these nerves is through preparation; this will give you confidence and help create that positive impression.

  • Before the interview, make sure you know what to expect- is the interview formal or informal, what is the dress code, how long the interview will last..
  • Make sure you have a good idea of where he interview is going to take place and leave plenty of time to get there.
  • Research as much about the company as you can, look at their website, or even use the service they offer.
  • Go over the job advert and highlight the required skills for the job, whilst noting examples of your experience. It is no good saying you are a good team player if you can’t evidence it with clear examples.
  • Plan answers for common interview questions such as why have you applied for this job? What are your strengths and weaknesses related to the role? Why should we recruit you?
  • You will probably be asked if you have any questions at the end of the interview so try and have some ready.  For example what is the team like that I would be working in? What plans does the company have for the near future?  What are the opportunities for me after I graduate?
  • Dress smartly- you want to make a good first impression.
  • Be confident, polite and friendly and try to avoid one word answers.
  • At the end of the interview make sure you ask the interview what happens next.

 

General contacts

Main university telephone number: +44 (0)1242 714700
Course enquiries: 03330 141414
Current student queries: 01242 714444 or your nearest Helpzone
Thinking about applying? Contact our enquiries team with any questions