Employability

This section is for both education students and graduates who are considering their future careers.  A degree in education gives you many different career options, which can be overwhelming.  Although many education graduates do enter into the teaching profession, there are other career options for those who do not want to teach.  If you are unclear about what you want to do, the education job profiles will give you an idea of the alternative careers available.

For an overview of the skills and abilities an education graduate is likely to have acquired throughout their studies, explore the are you studying education? section. The work experience page covers a range of options that can improve your employability. Finally, there is plenty of advice on how to find a job and how to prepare your job application in order to sell yourself to potential employers. Click on the subsections to the right hand side to explore these areas.

What is employability?

“A set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.”  (Yorke and Knight 2003)

Employability is important because:

What makes a graduate employable?

  • Subject knowledge and intellectual attributes
  • Key transferable skills
  • Career management skills
  • Personal qualities
  • Business and organisational awareness
  • Experience