What makes a good graduate?

What does a good graduate look like?

Here at Employability in your Students’ Union we want to do all that we can to make you more employable and ‘work-ready’. It’s more important than ever to be able to demonstrate experience and skills beyond your course to potential employers. When you’re looking to stand out against other graduates, perhaps with a similar or the same degree as you, employability and life skills could be the difference between getting the job and being unsuccessful. Whatever career you’re pursuing, employers in all fields value these skills and want to see evidence of them. Even if you don’t have a definite plan for when you graduate, there are a range of skills that all employers are seeking in future graduates, and these are skills you can develop through your extra-curricular activities. Developing these skills puts you in a good position, whatever field you end up choosing.


Make the most out of your SU

There are plenty of different opportunities and roles within your SU to get involved in. From academic opportunities with Student Voice to paid roles to getting involved with Campaigning. Explore the links in the Employability section of the website and look out for which of our Employability Skills each opportunity can help you develop. Start as early as possible to make the most out of these opportunities! Equally, if you’re in your final year it’s never too late to get stuck in.


Applicant Tracking System

More and more employers are using ATI (Applicant Tracking System) to electronically scan applicants’ CV’s for relevant skills sought after in the job description for the role. It’s a recruitment process which sorts through thousands of CV’s to determine which ones are the best fit for the role, by searching for keywords. If your CV contains the keywords the employer is looking for, then it ranks higher on the database where applications are stored. This means that recruiters may often make a split-second decision as to whether to process your application any further. The process isn’t entirely different from a recruiter scanning your CV with their own eyes, it’s still important to ensure your skills are there in black and white. According to a study by TheLadders, recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds reviewing an individual CV.


How do I translate the roles and skills from my Skills Log to my CV?

Careers & Employability run a daily Careers Clinic where you can have your CV checked.  Why not get some feedback from their recruitment experts and identify any gaps… Once you’ve got the ball rolling get in touch with us about how we can help you fill those gaps with some amazing opportunities to develop your experience via [email protected].

Lincoln Students’ Union works closely with the University’s Careers & Employability Service. The Students’ Union provides multiple opportunities for you to develop your employability skills.  Make sure you are maximising this experience by engaging with the Careers team who will support you in developing your confidence, exploring your career options, finding job roles (from part time to graduate) and applying your experience throughout any recruitment process.  The Careers Centre is based on the ground floor of the University Library and all services are also available online; via video, telephone and email.  Please visit the website here to find out more about how our services can help you.

Here is how they can help:

Careers Clinic: Our Skills Advisers are available to support you with all aspects of job search or the recruitment process for any role; part time, placement, work experience or graduate. Clinic runs Monday-Friday 1-4pm and is a drop-in service.

Careers Guidance: Our & Employability Advisers offer 1:1 appointments to support you exploring your Career options and planning.

Careers Education: Our & Employability Advisers also teach on the curriculum so you will see them on your course during employability modules or for ad hoc sessions.

Career Events: We have daily events running to provide information and support your development; some are run by our expert Adviser team and others by employers. All events are advertised here.

Lincoln Award: Our employability award is designed to support you in developing and learning how to demonstrate your employability skills. The final stage allows you to put your learning to the test in our Assessment Centre Experience. Each one is partnered with an employer and students find the opportunity to practise and the feedback they receive invaluable. By completion of the award you will be confident communicating your skills to any employer!  Full details can be seen here.

Vacancies: CareerLinc is our online portal where all vacancies are advertised; part time, placement, work experience and graduate roles. All students are already set up on the system so simply use your University log-in to get started!  https://careers.lincoln.ac.uk

Campus Jobs:  Our Student Employment Agency which advertises all jobs for the University on campus; from admin to retail, one off roles to ongoing part time jobs, find out more here.

Online Resources: We offer support 24 hours a day via our online resources. We have our own Careers & Employability online learning pathways on LinkedIn Learning.  Full details can be found here.

We also provide online access to all areas of our service, including CV and recruitment tools and support for working internationally.  More information can be seen here.


Top tips

  • Keep on top of ensuring your Skills Log is up to date with everything extra-curricular that you’ve been involved in. It’s much easier to update it as you go than to try and remember everything once you have finished your course.
  • Whatever field you end up choosing to work in, employability and life skills are invaluable.
  • To ensure your extra-curricular activities don’t affect your studies, spread opportunities out over different semesters or terms. However, don’t wait too long to make a start.
  • Explore your Students’ Union website and ensure you’re aware of all the opportunities we can offer.