Manchester Metropolitan University

What is employability?

Manchester Met defines employability as “the development of skills, abilities and personal attributes that your capability to secure rewarding and satisfying outcomes in your economic, social and community lives.” Employability is about much more than just getting your first job – it’s about self-development and awareness, and the ability to identify and demonstrate the skills you have gained through academic study, work experience, voluntary work, your personal life, hobbies and interests.

Why is employability important?

Developing an awareness of your strengths, weaknesses and values can be an important first step in your career research. In today’s competitive graduate job market you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have developed the key skills that employers are looking for. Knowing how to effectively present your skills, knowledge and competencies to employers when applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, presentations or assessment centres is key to securing a graduate role.

Read our Selling your skills to employers guide for more information on the key skills employers are looking for and how you can demonstrate these.

How can I build my employability?

There are many ways to develop the skills that employers seek. Make the most of your time at University and explore the opportunities that are available to you both on and off campus.

Read our Making the most of your time at University guide for detailed information on how to develop your full potential.

Attend our essential Employability Sessions

We hold a wide range of sessions all designed to enhance your career prospects and boost your skills. Our sessions run throughout the year and cover topics from working out what to do after you graduate to writing CVs and being successful at interview.

Find out more about the sessions running throughout this term.