In these uncertain times it is vital that universities, and their careers services, do all they can to make sure students are still engaged with their future careers. At King's College London, employability skills have been embedded within the curriculum for the last two years.
Kate Daubney, Head of King's Careers & Employability, believes it is vital that students should be encouraged to understand the skills and attributes they have gained from their academic studies, and to feel confident about demonstrating these to future employers. In this article, she argues that students are often simply not aware that they’re developing these key employability skills during their studies, assuming they must be gained from work experience, internships or non-academic pursuits. But studying for a degree is not just about knowledge gain. A history student, for example, will develop forensic attention to detail; a physics student, the ability to observe patterns and phenomena – both transferable skills which are highly valued by employers.