We surveyed 500 local employers to find out what they wanted from Brighton graduates. The skills they most frequently asked for can be grouped into the following categories:
Skills include: Self-assessment, career planning, application techniques, wellbeing
Skills include: Written and spoken communications, presentation skills, emotional intelligence and networking
Skills include: Innovation and creativity, initiative, entrepreneurship, commercial awareness,
Skills Include: analysis and evaluation of information, project management, problem solving, numerical reasoning
For a full list of the skills identified in this research - see the Employability Skills Framework (pdf).
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"I think that what employers want and what most new graduates think employers want are very different things. Above all, an employer is looking for a certain mind-set. They need employees who know what they know, but are aware of what they do not yet know; who are willing to get on with projects on their own, but know when to ask for advice or guidance; who are prepared to take responsibility early, but who are willing to do the drudgery as well; who get on well with senior clients, but who recognise their lack of experience; who are respectful to seniors, but also willing to challenge; who are professional and diligent, but also fun to work with.
Graduates are expected to come with some of the tools of the trade already mastered, but they must be enthusiastic about learning the way their industry and their new company works, and be prepared to do whatever is asked of them to the best of their ability, as they gather experience and techniques.
If you are the least experienced person in the room, you will not get respect because of your qualifications. You will get respect from knowing your stuff, from working hard, from fitting in with cultural norms and from delivering results."
Paddy Herlihy - Managing Director, Smaller World and 1981 Brighton graduate.