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Career Development: Career Library

This guide provides information and resources related to career development.

Career Development Reference Desk

KSU Career Resources

What are Employability Skills?

Employability skills have been defined as:
"A set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations". (Peter Knight & Mantz Yorke (HEFCE/DfES ESECT group)

You may also see these skills referred to as transferable skills (because skills developed in one area of your life can be transferred to other areas) or personal skills. In the context of your career planning and development, they are called career management skills.

Other factors that can help people become more employable include the following:

knowledge and abilities relating to a particular job; 
the ability to identify suitable job opportunities; 
self-presentation (on applications and at interviews) 
external factors such as the job market and personal circumstances.