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16 October 2014
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What do employers want?

SKILLS

Many employers think that skills (what you can do) and personal qualities (what you’re like as a person) are as important, if not more important, than paper qualifications.

Generic
(General, transferable skills needed in nearly all jobs)

  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • IT
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Managing your own learning
  • Customer care
  • Time management
  • Flexibility
  • Planning and organisation
  • Motivation and enthusiasm
  • Showing initiative and being ‘self-starting’

Job-specific
(Particular skills needed for individual jobs)

  • Doctor, plumber, engineer, chef, solicitor, hairdresser, journalist, teacher, designer
    – they all need special skills linked to their own job or profession.

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications tell employers that you have knowledge and skills they want, plus the energy and determination to stick at something and achieve results.

General academic

GCSEs
A/AS levels
Degrees (like English, sociology or pure science)

General vocational

GNVQs and AVCEs
BTEC
HNCs and HNDs
Degrees (like technology, law and business studies)

Vocational or job-specific

NVQs
Degrees (like nursing or teaching)
Professional qualifications (like Law Society or Chartered Accountancy exams)

EXPERIENCE

A recent survey of graduates found that work experience was one of the key factors in job-hunting success.

Work experience opportunities

  • School and college work experience programmes
  • Part-time and vacation jobs
  • Work-based training schemes like Modern Apprenticeships and National Traineeships.
  • Vocational and sandwich courses which offer work placements
  • Voluntary work
  • Gap Year projects
  • Pre-university experience schemes like ‘A Year in Industry’
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Check out the skills, qualifications and experience you need for different jobs and careers at A-Z of Jobs.

What do Welsh employers want?

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Cymraeg (Welsh)

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