World of Work in Northern Ireland

Getting Work

Becoming Employable

The required skills, qualifications and experience are different for any job you do, but there are certain key skills you need to develop to successfully enter the world of work.

These are called Employability Skills and even before entering the workforce you can get a good introduction to these through work experience.

In this clip, Nigel Smyth of the CBI an organisation which represents many local businesses, outlines what they regard as the key employability skills you need to acquire through work experience and when you initially enter the job market.

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Key Skills are basic skills that affect everything else you do - they can help you achieve higher grades and do better at work.

Because employers, colleges and universities value Key Skills, they can help you get into the job or course you want.

Key Skills widen your job choice now and they’ll give you flexibility in job and career moves throughout your life.

They are:

Communication

Communication is about using your speaking, writing, listening and reading skills effectively for different tasks. You should be able to understand information and give a proper spoken or written response.

Examples of communication skills:

Improving learning and performance

Every time you learn something new - from programming the video to rewiring a plug - you are improving your performance and learning. Because we live in a world where newer, faster and often more complicated ways of doing things arrive all the time, employers value employees who can learn new skills or acquire new knowledge.

Examples of improving learning and performance:

Application of number skills

You should be able to use your number skills for a variety of tasks. Employers will want you to interpret information involving numbers, carry out calculations, interpret results and present findings. While it is important that you know how to measure and read scales, carry out calculations or draw a diagram, employers will also want you to interpret information from tables, graphs or charts.

Examples of communication skills:


Working with others

Nearly every business uses computers in the day-to-day running of their office. Employers will expect you to use a computer to source, select, enter and present text, data and images.

Examples of IT skills:

Information technology

Nearly every business uses computers in the day-to-day running of their office. Employers will expect you to use a computer to source, select, enter and present text, data and images.

Examples of IT skills:

Problem solving

Employers want you to use your initiative. They need you to be able to recognise problems and come up with solutions. It’s not about doing everything on your own - often it’s important to know when to ask for help!

Examples of problem-solving:


  • Employability

    Work ExperienceLearn about the basic skills you'll need to enter the workforce and find out how one person overcame their own fears and lack of confidence to make it big.

  • Becoming Employable

    Becoming EmployableLearn about the basic skills you'll need to enter the workforce and find out how one person overcame their own fears and lack of confidence to make it big.

  • Being the Best

    Selling YourselfFrom Shank's Apprentice to Superdocs - BBC Northern Ireland has documented many people involved in the World of Work in Northern Ireland. View the clips and find out about those extra skills you'll need to move forward in your chosen job.

  • Interactive Quiz

    Interactive QuizFind out how much you've learned about getting work in Northern Ireland and the types of job available.

 

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