If you've been through college or university you've probably heard the term "employability" used a number of times. At first glance, it could mean simply the ability to get a job. The reality is that there's more to employability than just that. It's more like an ongoing process of building on your existing success in the career you choose.
In an increasingly competitive job market, it's important to both employers and employees that skill levels are maintained and expanded, particularly as the way we work is always changing and evolving. This can seem like a huge pressure when looking for the job you want, especially when confronted with what's known as the "skills gap". The skills gap is what we call the difference between the skills employers want and the skills that the majority of the work force actually have.
However, this doesn't have to be a complicated and hopeless situation for anybody. It's as simple as researching what skills you need for a job, identifying which ones you lack or need brushing up on, and finding ways to do this.
If, for example, you lack commercial awareness, see this as an opportunity to learn about your field - research the current market and get your bearings on where it stands in the current climate, it's history, and find out what competitors are doing. There are loads of resources out there.
Hobbies and volunteering activities are another great way to increase practical skills and to gain confidence. For example, by joining an amateur sports team, you can improve team working, communication, problem solving, and even leadership, simply through having fun.
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