Bridging the Gap Between Graduates & Work Readiness

Workplace readiness skills are essential because they ensure workers have the basic academic, critical thinking and personal skills necessary to maintain employment. 

Employers that employ graduates place emphasis on finding candidates with the right skills and competencies for their companies. Depending on which career sector and profession you choose to work in, there could be particular skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to be able to do the job.

Complementing these are general behaviours and competencies that are essential for success in the workplace. These are the core skills that will make you useful at work, whatever job you do. 

The top ten skills graduate recruiters want are:

1. Commercial Awareness 

Knowing how a business operates, what makes a company tick and showing that you have an understanding of what the company wants to achieve through its services and products and how it competes in its marketplace. A good idea will be to read up about the company before you go for an interview. 

2. Communication

This covers listening and verbal and written communication. It’s about being focused, clear and concise; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others.

3. Teamwork

Be a team player, but also show that you can manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility for yours and other people’s actions. You have to build positive working relationships that help all involved in achieving goals as well as business objectives.

4. Negotiation and Persuasion

Being able to set out what you want to achieve and how, but also being able to understand the point of view of other employees, so that both parties get what they want or need and feel optimistic about it.

5. Problem Solving

Show the ability to take a logical and analytical approach to problem-solving and resolving issues. Showing that you can approach problems from different angles is also good.

6. Leadership

Graduates need to show the potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work for them in the future. It’s about assigning and delegating tasks, setting deadlines and leading by example.

7. Organisation

It would help if you showed that you could work efficiently and productively, prioritise, and manage your time well. Another good trait to show employers is how you decide what is essential to focus on to get done and how you go about meeting deadlines.

8. Perseverance and Motivation

Working life presents a lot of challenges, and your employers want to see that you’re the type of person that can find a way through, even when faced with obstacles.

9. Ability to Work Under Pressure

Pressure in the workplace is an everyday occurrence; keeping calm in a crisis and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed is something that employers look for.

10. Confidence

There needs to be a balance between being confident in yourself but not arrogant, and having confidence in your the people you work with and the company you work for.

You’ve graduated from University and are ready to join the workforce. You’ve accumulated a set of skills while studying that will prepare you for the job that you want to apply for. Still, seeing as you’ve never been in a working environment, you might find that you have certain skill deficits as you don’t know how to perform some of the requested tasks yet. At MaH Quests we can help you bridge that gap. We have just the right Java courses to suit whatever your needs are. v 

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