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Being Employable – What does it Really Mean?

Shyam lifting weights

If you’re about to start your career, you might already have heard how employers will look at your ‘employability skills’. But unless you know what this really means, it won’t help you in those crucial interviews. Allow us to explain. It’s actually pretty simple: if someone has skills and attributes suitable for work, and the potential to be a good employee, then they’re said to be ‘employable’. Which leads us to the question of what skills and attributes do employers generally want.

Understand what employers want

There are some basic things that pretty much all employers look for. They want employees who can manage their time well, who can stay motivated, and who can work and communicate well with other members of their team. On top of the basics, employers will be interested to know whether a person has extra skills like adaptability, flexibility and leadership.

At Lloyds Banking Group, we’re also interested in what makes you who you are. Are you a music fan or a foodie? A baker or a basketball player? The skills and strengths you’ve learned through your passions will be hugely valuable at work.

Build skills through your passions

The good news is that you can become more employable simply by doing more of the things you’re passionate about.

Take Shyam. He’s a powerlifter, and has found that the qualities he’s developed in the gym are essential at work. ‘I’m often looking to squat a few extra pounds or shave a few seconds off my training runs,’ he says. ‘It’s in the little things where I love challenging myself to perform better. Get them right and the big things have a way of taking care of themselves.’

It goes to show that becoming more employable isn’t just about getting work experience in an office. So, learn new skills at university by joining societies or clubs. Find out more about yourself by doing charity or volunteering work. It will give you more to offer when you take your first step on the career ladder.

Discover how far you can go

And of course, when you bring your strengths and passions into our team, we’ll help you develop them – and new ones too. We’ll provide tools, support and inspiration – including mentors, training, qualifications, volunteering opportunities – to make sure you can develop yourself and your career.

So, are you ready to show just how employable you are?

Read more about our graduates and how they have applied their passions to work here

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