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How can you develop employability skills?

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You can develop employability skills by:

Working towards qualifications

Working towards and achieving qualifications helps you to develop both your personal and Functional Skills.

  • Personal skills are part of most qualifications including Diplomas, BTECs, OCRs, NVQs and GCSEs - and may be called personal, learning and thinking skills.
  • The Functional Skills of English, maths and ICT are all offered as Functional Skills qualifications in their own right. GSCEs, A Levels, NVQs and Diplomas in English, maths or ICT will also prove to employers that you have these skills.

Doing work experience or voluntary work

Why not think about gaining some work experience by volunteering or working part-time?  Getting some real experience in a work-place is an excellent way to try out and develop your skills.  While you are at work you will probably have to work in a team, turn up to work on time and maybe even deal with customers.

Taking advantage of any opportunities

Always take advantage of any opportunities on offer to you, in school, college, work-based training or at university, to develop your personal skills. For example, you may be able to help out at school events such as drama or music productions, open evenings or sport fixtures, or take part in business enterprise activities or employer-led projects.

Make sure, too, that you look out for any opportunities that you may be able to get involved in during your holidays and at weekends. For example, you could volunteer for a local community, youth, holiday or environmental project.

Career planning

Try not to think about just one job - make sure that you find out about any other jobs that are similar.  For example, you may want to be a doctor but make sure that you find out about all the other jobs in healthcare so that you know as much as possible about the whole healthcare sector and what else you could do.  

The more you know about a job sector, rather than a specifc job, and the types of business and organisations that make up that sector, the more you'll be able to show an employer, when you are applying for a job, that you have enthusiasm and understand their business or organisation. You can find out more about the job sectors on this site.

Need help with career planning? 

Ask your local BMBC Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) Service (Previously known as Connexions) for help - you can find details of your local centre here.