Skills and competencies for graduates
Graduate recruiters look for specific job skills and competencies. These are what they have judged you need to do the job and work in their organisation. They might seem straightforward in job descriptions: communication, teamwork and problem solving are just a few. However this is the most common area of confusion for students and graduates when writing a CV or job application or attending an interview. It's when you might find yourself asking: ‘what does commercial awareness really mean?’ and ‘how can I show my time management skills on a CV?’ This section will help you understand the different competencies graduate employers expect, provide tips on how to develop them, and give examples of how they are assessed and how to demonstrate your abilities.
You need to show employers you've mastered essential skills such as writing, reading, numeracy, presentation, organisation and the ability to work under pressure.
Graduates who demonstrate their analytical thinking during a job interview or assessment centre will stand out from other candidates.
Graduates with good commercial awareness are aware of business trends and the impact on their chosen industry and the employers they have applied to.
The effective exchange of information is essential in business. Good communication is two-way, and graduate job hunters need to show they can listen as well as speak out.
Employers expect this generation’s graduates to have strong IT skills as a matter of course, so you need to be willing to take on new technologies.
Innovation, imagination and intuition… creativity takes all three. A successful graduate career involves making both big breakthroughs and inspired evolutions.
Customer satisfaction is vital for a business' success, so graduates need to give clients and customers the same care and attention they would give their boss.
Graduate recruiters look for employees with emotional intelligence because it helps them work with colleagues who have different ways of behaving and interacting.
Graduates with strong enterprise skills can spot an opportunity and use their initiative and a proactive approach to make the most of it.
If a graduate job involves project management, teamwork or working with clients, recruiters are likely to seek influencing skills. But what are influencing skills?
Can you make the best decision based on the information available? Find out why graduate recruiters value the ability to manage ambiguity.
Line managers don’t like hiring graduates who will come running every time they’re out of their depth. If you can step up with a solution, you’ll stand a better chance.
Graduates are often hired as trainee managers and need to be capable of leading and taking responsibility in order to get the best from their teams.
Teamwork is one of the fundamental skills employers look for and it's on the graduate recruiters' high priority list. Show you can collaborate, influence and compromise.