As we look forward to 2017 with cautious optimism, employability will continue to be a buzzword.
Employability is about having an effective mix of knowledge, skills and attitudes to make you likely to gain employment and be successful in your chosen careers.
How do we develop employability skills that employers look for? A good indicator is to focus on potential. Potential is defined as the ability to adapt to changing business coupled with the potential to learn new ones. I have chosen 4 indicators with the acronym A.C.A.D.
Aspiration: A strong desire to achieve. To leave your mark but with a deep commitment to big, collective goals, show deep personal humility and invest in getting better at everything you do.
Curiousity: To be on the lookout for new knowledge, ideas and experience to improve ourselves. This enables us to navigate the evolving world with curiousity and positivity.
Ambition: Hungry, passionate and engaged individuals are more employable. There tend to be no limits to what they can do.
Determination: Individual’s with potential set high goals and do what’s necessary to attain them. They also tend to be both tenacious and resilient.
It is the combination of classroom knowledge that you gained coupled with the out- of- classroom experience and positive A.C.A.D traits that can set you apart and help you attain fulfilment in your career.
Dr Timothy Chan
Student Life Division