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Skills Employers Want

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One message from employers of graduates is clearly and consistently stated - a degree is not enough. They want someone with both academic ability and a whole set of skills to go with it. These skills are collectively described in several ways including transferable skills, self-reliance skills and key skills. Our research amongst a wide range of employers of all types and sizes indicates that they want you to have the following:

The specific combination will depend on the vacancy and for some there will be a need for additional technical and vocational skills developed through your degree discipline.

Click on any of the skills to see descriptions of exactly what employers mean and to start to identify you own level of this skill. Those marked with * also have links to online skills builder modules.

What employers say

"There is no such thing as a career path. It's crazy paving and you have to lay it yourself"
Skills for Graduates in the 21st Century