Careers support for students

PCL Career Support

The Pearson College London Careers Service team help our students to research their career ideas, make effective internship applications, develop their skills and any other additional support required from their personal tutor and talent coach. In this interview the team discuss the support that our students receive to help them with their personal and professional development and improve their employability:

What support do the Pearson College London students receive to help them with their personal and professional development?

All our students have access to our careers team and students receive individual coaching and guidance sessions with a talent coach. We offer career workshops to help students understand how to make the most of their time at Pearson College London, how to gain the skills that make a great CV and how to clarify and achieve their career goals and objectives.

In addition, throughout the year students attend industry conferences and listen to inspiring industry speakers from a range of excellent companies who come and speak with them. Recent examples include a visit to Unilever head office where our students spent the afternoon discussing contemporary marketing challenges with senior executives, and Savills where they heard from members of the Savills Marketing, PR, HR, Market Research and Consultancy teams.

What is employability?

Employability refers to an individual’s ability to perform effectively in the workplace. It includes the skills and knowledge that you need to be able to do the job. It is important to remember that employability is not just about skills, it also encompasses your ability to demonstrate the right competencies, attitude and behaviour in the workplace.

Getting a good degree is an important factor in getting a job but being reliable and turning up to work on time are just as important once you start work. Qualities such as being honest, working with integrity and treating people with respect will determine how well you work with others and how effective you will be as part of a team. Attributes like these make up employability and they are different to the technical and subject knowledge you will develop through your degree.

Why is employability important?

Employers invest heavily in graduate recruitment and employability is important. Employers want graduates who will add value to the business, make a positive contribution to the workplace and facilitate the achievement of that organisation’s strategy and goals. As well as having the knowledge to be able to do your job well employers also want someone with a positive attitude, who can demonstrate that they are flexible, a good addition to the team, engaged and productive.

How can you develop employability?

The best way to develop employability skills is by getting hands on experience in the workplace. Having an understanding of employability skills is great but the ultimate test is being able to demonstrate that you can apply that knowledge appropriately in the workplace. The best way to do that is to get out there and get work experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s full-time work, part-time or voluntary work, all provide excellent opportunities to develop employability skills. Remember that extra-curricular activities such as running societies and organising student events whilst studying for your degree are also good opportunities.

Demonstrating employability skills and qualities – what top tips would you offer students?

It’s important to spend time developing employability skills in addition to studying for your degree. Students at Pearson College London benefit from the unique environment in which they study. Having exposure and insight into a FTSE 100 company is a wonderful opportunity that ensures our students are already on track and developing their employability skills throughout their course so they possess the skills employers are looking for upon graduation.