- Customer awareness
- Problem solving and creative thinking
- Commercial and business awareness
- Influencing and negotiating
- Information communication and technology skills
- Verbal and written communication
- Time management
Employers today want new employees who can start to contribute to their organisation from the day they join. (‘Hit the ground running’ – awful phrase!) They want 'work ready' employees who can take responsibility and use their existing skills to make a difference to their businesses.
Why employers value work experience
Could you contribute to an organisation from the day you join? Make sure the skills you have developed through doing one-off jobs and projects are clear to any prospective employer so they have confidence in you from the start. Employers want 'work ready' employees who can take responsibility and use their existing skills to make a difference to their businesses. It’s not that employers won’t offer you training and support, but they do want people who can work independently and effectively and who really want to develop their skills further.
The working world is very different to the student world. Employers want people who understand the differences and have already shown they can bridge that gap. Make sure you are getting as much work experience as you can and develop those all important transferable skills.