"This book takes a clear approach to the challenges of university life, offers realistic advice, and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills for future employment. Issues examined include how to maximize your academic performance, develop powers of expression, analyze data, write a dissertation, and identify what employers want."—ABSTRACTS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND ENVIRONMENTThis book takes a clear-eyed approach to the challenges of University life, offers realistic advice and demonstrates how to acquire transferable skills with a view to future employability. Topics covered include: " What employers want;" How educational performance can be maximized;" How to maximise powers of expression;" How to analyze data; " What to do and avoid doing in writing a dissertation.Written in an engaging and non-nonsense style, by experienced teachers, the book offers students the perfect one stop guide to making their university study experience count.

What Do Employers Want?

What do employers want?

Chapter Overview

  • What is ‘employability’?
  • Desirable skills and qualities sought by employers.
  • Transferable skills and how to record them on your CV.
  • Social and cultural capital and how to acquire more.
  • Using social science to understand others.

The overall aim of this book is to give advice on how you can achieve a good degree in the social sciences. An associated aim is to promote employability to help you find suitable jobs in an increasingly competitive and diverse labour market.

Trying to establish what it is that employers actually want is a similar problem to the ones we discussed in the previous chapter. There are some sources of information that we can draw upon which will give us clues about what is required by employers ...

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