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I would be a wealthy person if I got $10 every time a student told me they didn’t have employability skills to offer employers.
No employability skills? Really? Anyone who has lived on this planet for the past 18 years or more will have skills they can offer.
A qualification is a great start to finding employment but you also need to develop work ready skills and experience to improve your chances of finding a good job that fits visa requirements.
I take a deep breath and step inside the room. People are clustered everywhere chatting, laughing, hahaha. Who do I know? No, I’m here to make new contacts. Hmm, drinks in the corner, I’ll work my way over there and hope like hell someone approaches me. How long before I can slip away?
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After a series of job rejection emails, I contact the company to ask why I’m not shortlisted for the job opening. They reply telling me they had received 1000 applications and could only select 10. Asking the question of why I didn’t make it was hard but I learned that it wasn’t me.
Employability. We have all heard it before. We all need it to survive in the big bad world but what does it actually mean?
Does it mean stress and tears trying to make a last minute CV?
Does it mean endless days and nights sending your cover letter and CV to every open opportunity only to have no reply?
Or is something you put off until the last minute before you need to do something about it.