Engaging with employability in the creative industries

This portal has been created to help you understand what being employable is and how you can make the most of your skills to improve your chances of securing a graduate position in the creative sector. It has been funded by the Lifelong Learning Network (Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and the Wrekin) and developed in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Art and Design.

What is employability?

At one time students left university armed with a degree and the skills they had learnt confident that they would secure a good graduate appointment. There was a clear structure to this process involving companies coming in to universities and pitching their career opportunities to students who looked through graduate opportunities and attended many interviews.

Now the certainties of graduates gaining a foot on a lucrative career ladder are less given the greater competition within the global economy, the increase in the number of students leaving university with a degree, and the movement of manufacturing to the emerging economies.

Today your degree is not a passport to a job. Employers now expect a range of skills in addition to the subject-specific ones learnt through your course; good numeracy and literacy, confident communications, and most importantly, an understanding of the industry in which you aspire to work.

Employability is therefore about making you attractive to potential employers.

Wolverhampton University

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