Useful Careers and Employability Information
If you are are leading a module relating to
employability or work based learning, or if part of your role is to
provide pastoral support to students individually, you may find the
following resources useful.
Remember that the Careers and Employment Centre's primary
role is to assist students and graduates to develop their
employability and career planning skills, and we would be
pleased to recommend or compile specific sources of information for
Sources of occupational and sector information
Library Online - provides information on typical career
options, work experience, job hunting related to various academic
subjects at the University of Wolverhampton.
occupational profiles - information about various graduate
occupations including entry requirements, vacancy sources, salary
information and typical employers.
Next Step job profiles - information about graduate and non
- Prospects' industry
insights and Target Jobs -
information about various employment sectors including industry
overviews, typical employers and future trends.
- Our Careers Information Room houses free, take away sector
magazines, employer directories, and a wealth of information on
Career options related to academic disciplines
Tools to develop self awareness and reflect upon
Prospects' 'what jobs would suit me' - quiz aimed at
students and graduates, asking them to rate their skills and
motivations before providing a list of graduate jobs that
match their ratings.
Next Steps - quiz asking users to rate their skills and
providing a list of rolls matching their choices.
Online - career planning site with interactive quizzes on
skills, values, work life balance and more.
- After English - website
prompting individuals to reflect upon their past experiences to
help them plan their career. Aimed at English students and
graduates, but appropriate for all student studying non vocational
If I had only known - handbook aimed at students, explaining
what employers want and advising them on how to get the most of
university to improve their employability.
We are developing Brand You, an interactive,
online resource which will assist students to develop their self
awareness, to research what employers in their chosen career area
seek and to build their ability to articulate their strengths when
Skills students develop through their academic
The Higher Education Academy's Learning and Employability Series
is a compilation of publications which define employability and
which provide insight into topics such as employability in the
curriculum, work based learning, enterprise and widening
series 1 and
The HEA publish a wide range of other
resources relating to employability.
Labour market intelligence
- Our graduate labour market page aimed at students
and graduates, this provides a national picture of trends in the
graduate labour market.
annual Destinations of Leavers to Higher Education (DLHE)
report provides information about the employment and
further study destinations of University of Wolverhampton
graduates. Detailed information relating to specific courses
can be provided upon request.
Do Graduates Do? HECSU 2011 report, providing
national information about the career destinations of 2009/10
graduates, 6 months after leaving.
Destinations of Leavers - Higher Education Statistics Agency
(HESA) 2009 report, outlining the findings from a longitudinal
study of graduate destinations 3.5 years after leaving
Graduate Market Trends - quarterly news from the
Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU)on issues
affecting the graduate labour market.
- HECSU - a range
of other research papers relating to graduate employment, including
the Future Track Survey, which tracks students' career progression
over a 6 year period before, during and after their
What do PhDs do? - Vitae analysis of doctoral
students' first career destinations.
Employers' views on employability and skills
What do employers want? A list of skills in demand and
information about the value of a degree.
The Council for Industry
and Higher Education's (CIHE) employability and skills page.
Links to a number of useful publications including:
- Graduate Employability: What do employers think and want? -
2008 survey of 250 employers. Information about what employers want
in graduate recruits by size of organisation.
- Talent Fishing: What Businesses want from Postgraduates - 2010
survey about how employers view postgraduates.
The Confederation of British Industries' (CBI) employability
page. Links to:
It is very useful to analyse the competancies employers use in
recruitment. The graduate recruiters below define what they look
for in graduates and reflect what, generally, employers seek.