STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Network) defines employability skills as “transferable skills needed by an individual to make them employable.” Employability relates to your knowledge, skills, and attitudes, how you use those assets, and how you present them to employers in today’s context.
Here are the top 10 employability skills that employers are looking for in the current job market, and different ways to improve employability skills.
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
The ability to express your ideas and opinions clearly and to explain what you want to achieve without ambiguity
This includes listening and understanding and acting upon what others are saying or instructing.
Improvement Tip: Write reports and assignments regularly as part of your studies.
- Problem-Solving Skills
The ability to think logically and find solutions to setbacks
Improvement Tip: Enroll in a course that focuses on problem-solving.
The ability to come up with new ideas and solutions and display enterprising capabilities to do things on your own without being instructed
Improvement Tip: Approach organizations for work placements or internships.
- Working under Pressure
The ability to deliver the best performance within deadlines without buckling under work stress
Improvement Tip: Balance time around work, study, and family commitments.
- Organizational skills
A systematic approach to work that emphasizes planning every move to meet deadlines
Improvement Tip: Help to organize an office/community event.
- Team Spirit
The ability to work well with other people from different backgrounds, disciplines, and expertise to accomplish a task or goal
Improvement Tip: Join a team or do group assignments.
- Learning Skills
Your desire to learn and understand new things is an essential skill-set in the tech world today where skill gaps are appearing quickly, and upskilling is inevitable.
Improvement Tip: Take up a new hobby or learn new skills.
- Number and Data Skills
The ability to use data to demonstrate a point
Improvement Tip: Use graphs and tables to prove your point.
- Value Diversity
People in modern workplaces come from different backgrounds. Learning to work with people of different ages, religions, and political opinion is essential for your career progress.
Improvement Tip: Volunteer to work in another department.
- Negotiation Skills
The ability to work towards a win-win outcome where you can make objective decisions after listening to the opinions of all stakeholders
Improvement Tip: Practice negotiation in daily life.
While you should keep up your focus on earning industry-recognized certificates or upskilling to learning new technologies to stay employable, also consider developing and improving your soft skills, including the 10 employability skills.