Research and Practice (Lecture 6)


What Graduate Employers Want

Good Communication

  • How clearly you convey your idea
  • Ability to listen to others
  • Build rapport (make communication with each other)
  • Persuade and negotiate

Effective Leadership and Management

  • The potential to motivate and direct others in order to achieve common objectives

Planning and Research Skills

  • Come up with a suitable strategy and plan of action
  • Seek out relevant information from various sources
  • Analyse, interpret and report these findings

Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills

  • Your individual contribution towards achieving common goals


  • Successfully directing your work towards objectives
  • Prioritising your duties
  • Working well under pressure
  • Managing your time effectively (time management)
  • Flexible, resilient and can be trusted
  • Taking on new learning and challenges
  • Reflecting (look at yourself and think about it)

Relevant Work Experience

  • Be resourceful in gaining the type of experience that employers are after
  • In some sectors, such as media and the arts, it is necessary to network and make speculative job applications
  • Benefits: develop skills, familiarity with behaviour in the workplace, make contact, build a portfolio of evidence to support application

Business Sense

  • Help to make profit

Enhancing your blog

  • Prepare examples as evidence of your skills/competencies
  • Show you can reflect on your personal and professional development – another key employability skill
  • Close your skills gap
  • Watch your digital footprint
  • Research roles and organizations very carefully
  • A positive attitude is essential. Employers often say they hire for attitude and train for skill.

Demonstrating your skills

  • CV: personal profile
  • Your blog
  • CV: key skills/key strengths/core skills
  • Cover letter
  • LinkedIn
  • Interview

Go to Career Portal and look for some career advice.