Communicating your employability

Successfully transitioning into the workforce requires an awareness of your employer's expectations.

Employers expect more than just a degree in today’s competitive graduate labour market. They are also looking for skills and personal attributes that guide workplace performance.

The most important part of your employability journey is applying the skills and attributes you have developed into an actual work context.

Whether you are working in a large or small organisation, or starting your own, you need to be able to perform effectively, and make a positive impact through your work.


Understanding your employability

Preparing applications and interviewing can be daunting, but having a solid understanding of what makes you employable gives you an advantage in these situations.

By reflecting on your experiences, you will know what your capabilities are and how you developed them. The SEAL self-reflection technique is a helpful way to understand what you have learned from different experiences and how these skills could help in the workplace.

Draw from these situations when an employer asks you to provide examples of your capabilities to more effectively explain your potential to an employer.

Showcasing your employability on 'my ePortfolio'

My ePortfolio is an online collection detailing your personal, professional, and learning journey over time.

Build your my ePortfolio to track your development of professional skills and graduate attributes and discover ways to demonstrate your experience.

Learn more about 'my ePortfolio'

STAR interview technique

Employers often use behavioural questions during the interview process, to gauge how you behaved in response to certain situations as an indicator of how you might perform in similar situations.

Common behavioural interview questions include:

  • Describe a situation when you had to be persuasive
  • Tell me about a time you worked effectively under pressure
  • Give an example of how you worked on a team project

The most common way to answer these kinds of questions is by using the STAR interview technique:

Situation: Where were you?
Task: What were you expected to do/what happened to you?
Action: What action did you take?
Result: What did you achieve? (evaluate the outcome/s)

Find out more about how to use the STAR technique in this video from EMPLOY101x "Unlocking your employability".

Remember, before you can use the STAR technique you first need to do the SEAL self-reflective process to determine what you got out of an experience and what you can now do as a result.

Our Careers team can assist you with preparing for the recruitment process at group workshops.

Transferring your employability to the workplace

How you demonstrate the capabilities that you have developed may look different depending on the type of profession or organisation you enter.

It is important to understand the kind of work environment you are entering and how you will apply your skills and attributes to best effect.

Watch employers share their expectations of new graduates in this video from EMPLOY101x Unlocking your employability.

Employability development is lifelong

Employability development is not something that ends at graduation, when you get your first job, or even after that big promotion.

If you want to make a meaningful contribution through your work, you will be continually developing your employability as you navigate through your career.

Watch UQ graduates explain their development journey in this video from EMPLOY101x Unlocking your employability.