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Describe two transferable skills a student will acquire at university and evaluate their importance to a future employer

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Describe two transferable skills a student will acquire at university and evaluate their importance to a future employer Transferable skills consist of knowledge and ability which are acquired from training and experience. These skills relate to the labour market as they give a student more employment prospects and therefore making them more employable which will widen their job opportunities. Two transferable skills that can be acquired at university are time management and communication skills. These skills will help a student to seek employment as most employers look for personal skills as well as academic qualifications. Some employers may specifically seek skills such as time management in an employee as the job may involve a lot of out of hours work. Communication skills may also be important to a future employer as the job may include communicating with customers - providing good customer service. But how important are transferable skills to a future employer and do these provide a student with more job opportunities? Do employers actually take your transferable skills into account when deciding whether a student is the right candidate for the job? ...read more.


Another form of communication is non-verbal. This is facial expressions, body language and general actions are used to communicate to one another. We use this form everyday naturally which tells others what we are thinking or how we are feeling. Our physical appearance will also give an impression people we first meet. For example, if an employer was to interview a student, their first impression would be based on appearance. They would also notice body language which could determine whether or not an employer is interested or not. The importance of this to the employer is that it shows them a persons personality through dress code, eye contact and physical actions and reactions. Team work is another transferable skill that students will acquire at university. This is where students are able to work in a team and show leadership within a group. This is normally acquired through group tasks such as presentations. According to team builders.com, teamwork within a company "reduces downtime, increases productivity, reduces turnover and lowers implementation time. Working in a group requires leadership and careful planning to allocate tasks accordingly. ...read more.


Communication skills tend to matter more to employers in the tertiary sector as this involves a lot of customer service and communicating to external people. This would mean messages and are more clear within a business therefore operating more efficiently. However communication skills are not that important when working in the secondary sector. Jobs such as manufacturing cars do not normally require communication skills as work is mainly machine orientated. Team working skills in an individual would increase their employment prospects. Employers tend to employ people who are able to work well in teams as this would motivate the whole workforce. However, this also depends on the type of business as a job such as being a cleaner does not really require any team working skills due to mainly working alone. However most tertiary sector jobs do use team working in day to day life so employers working in this sector may find this skill very important when considering candidates. Books used: 'The Student Skills Guide (second edition)' by Sue Drew and Rosie Bigham 'Skills Development for Business and Management' by Kevin Gallagher 'Developing Essential Study Skills' by Elaine Payne and Lesley Whittaker 'Team Building: An Exercise in Leadership' by Robert B. ...read more.

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