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Students’ primary reason for entering higher education is to improve their employability. However it is true to say that “a degree is no longer enough” Recruiters are increasingly looking for ‘work ready’ graduates with clear evidence of job specific skills in addition to academic attributes. To have a competitive advantage in the job market, students need to have developed their employability through their time at college.

Employability is

‘a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy’ Professor Mantz Yorke (2004)

However “employability” is not the same as simply getting a job. Rather it is about the capacity to function successfully in a role and to be able to move between occupations during one’s life. It is clear that students who make an effort to participate fully in the total student experience. Perhaps the most comprehensive characterisation of employability is the CareerEDGE model developed by Dacre and Sewell (2007). Drawing on a wide range of research, they conclude that employability is affected by nine distinct factors:
  • career development learning
  • work and life experience
  • degree knowledge
  • generic skills
  • emotional intelligence
  • reflection and evaluation
  • self-efficacy
  • self-confidence
  • self-esteem
So, employability is much more than a set of ‘transferable skills’ and knowing how to write a good CV!

London Vocational College can help with this. It is clear that students value information from employers on the specific requirements they look for in relation to skills and experience. They are also receptive to learning from recent graduates who are working in their chosen field of employment. These sessions focus on:
  • providing employability advice support
  • providing students with ways of recording evidence of work experience
  • providing students with ways of recording the acquisition of transferable generic skills

The College can also help by

  • encouraging students to obtain relevant experience through placements
  • raising awareness of opportunities within small & medium-sized enterprises & self-employment
  • developing a shared understanding of core & discipline-specific skills, and integrate employability skills into the curriculum
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