What do employers want?
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.
(General, transferable skills needed in nearly all jobs)
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Managing your own learning
- Customer care
- Time management
- Planning and organisation
- Motivation and enthusiasm
- Showing initiative and
(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 tell employers
that you have knowledge and skills they want, plus the energy and determination
to stick at something and achieve results.
Degrees (like English, sociology or pure science)
GNVQs and AVCEs
HNCs and HNDs
Degrees (like technology, law and business studies)
Vocational or job-specific
Degrees (like nursing or teaching)
Professional qualifications (like Law Society or Chartered Accountancy exams)
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
- Part-time and vacation
- 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’
Check out the skills, qualifications
and experience you need for different jobs and careers at A-Z of Jobs.
What do Welsh employers want?
Use your bilingual skills