Not all employers are interested in the specific subjects in your degree. It is possible to become a banker or accountant without a degree in business studies. Some graduates, who have not studied for a degree in computer science, are working as information technology professionals.
Many employers will look for evidence of basic numerical ability - from school exam results if there is no evidence elsewhere. They like to see evidence of language and computing competency too.
Employers' over-riding interest is to find people who are:
These are abilities that you will be able to demonstrate as the outcome of your course.
Employers will certainly look at your academic ability and the consistency of your academic record.
Major multinational companies place great emphasis on your grades. In the gradireland Graduate Salary and Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey for 2013, 55% of companies surveyed specified a 2.1 degree or above. Your grades in first and second year are as important as those in your final year.
Many other employers will place less emphasis on your grades and have a greater interest in you as a person and the use you have made of the opportunities you have been afforded in College.
Skills and qualities that employers value highly and look for (without necessarily asking direct questions about them) during the selection process, are some of the following:
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Possession of some or all of the qualities and skills above will make you a very effective employee. You will make a difference in an organisation as well as someone who is pleasant to work with.
All of these "softer" skills can be developed during your time in College. Being aware of your abilities and how they relate to an employer's requirements means that you won't be tongue tied when asked at interview "what kind of person are you?"
Employers will expect you to give examples of these abilities. These examples may be taken from your academic work, or your involvement in: