On Monday, the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) issued a press release revealing that students want more support from their university to develop employability skills.

Another CBI survey showed that 70% of employers said that university graduates need to be better prepared for the workplace.

 “Employability skills are the most important attributes that businesses look for in new recruits, but graduates are currently falling short of employers’ expectations,” said Susan Anderson, CBI director for Education & Skills, in a statement. “Competition for jobs is intense and graduate unemployment remains high, so students need to proactively develop relevant employability skills.”

(Source: http://www.cbi.org.uk/)

Many of your courses here at Westminster already have employability skills embedded in the curriculum. However, some of you may not have had this kind of exposure and some of you may think it is not enough.

To address this, each year we organise a series of seminars after the exams to develop a range of skills necessary for today’s competitive jobs market. This includes, CV writing, effective interviews, commercial awareness, entrepreneurship, public speaking, starting a business. In addition, we have introduced some new seminars and guest speakers including; attire to aspire – delivered by business development managers at TM Lewin, the graduate recruitment process delivered by Anna Springbett from The Graduate Game, Leadership skills delivered by Daniel Beckton of City Year.

These are just a few examples – visit our website to book and view more seminars: www.westminster.ac.uk/careers (click on Vacancies and Events).

These are small interactive seminars, so numbers are restricted. Book today to avoid disappointment.

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