Employability refers to the value that an employee brings to an employer. It is the collection of attributes, skills, and experiences that differentiate individuals who are in high demand by employers from those who may have difficulty finding suitable work. The basic elements of employability include:
- Relevant education and training: Having the knowledge and skills that are necessary to perform the job effectively.
- Work experience: Having a track record of success in previous roles, demonstrating the ability to apply knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.
- Strong communication skills: Being able to clearly and effectively communicate ideas and information, both verbally and in writing.
- Flexibility and adaptability: Being able to adapt to new situations and challenges, and to learn and apply new knowledge and skills.
- Strong work ethic and reliability: Being dependable and willing to put in the effort to achieve desired outcomes.
- Positive attitude and enthusiasm: Having a positive outlook and a willingness to take on new challenges.
- Social Status: An individual’s reputation and how they are perceived by others.
- Social Skills: Social skills including building rapport, influencing and collaboration.
- Technology Skills: An ability to be productive with the technologies an employer is using.
Individuals who possess these attributes are more likely to be in high demand by employers, and to have better job prospects and career opportunities.