22 Aug 2017

Employability: A step in the right direction

What is Employability?

Employability can be defined simply as “the capability of getting and keeping satisfactory work”. Employability as a management philosophy, developed by Sumantra Goshal in 1997, recognises that employment and market performance stem from the initiative, creativity and competencies of all employees, and not just from the wisdom of senior management. In Nigeria, there has been a paradigm shift in the way Companies/Organisations look at employment and workforce development. Employability as opposed to the traditional view of employment suggests that it is related to the ability to actually gain initial employment,  the ability to maintain employment and the ability to get new employment if necessary. Some of our employabilities include;  The Lagos State Graduate Internship Program, ans SAP learning

What are Employability Skills?

Employability skills can be defined in a variety of way,

“A set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations”. Peter Knight & Mantz Yorke (HEFCE/DfES ESECT group)

“A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labor market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the workplace – to the benefit of themselves, their employer and the wider economy.” CBI

It can be clearly seen that employability skills make an individual more likely to find employment and add value to an organization.

Employable skills are transferable (skills you develop in one area of your life that can be transferred to other areas).




Some of the Top Employability skills are:

  1. Communication and Interpersonal skills: The ability to explain what you mean in a clear and concise way through written and spoken means. To listen and relate to other people, and to act upon key information / instructions.
  2. Problem Solving Skills: The ability to understand a problem by breaking it down into smaller parts, and identifying the key issues, implications and identifying solutions.
  3. Creativity, Initiative and Self-motivation: Having new ideas of your own which can be made into a reality. Showing a strong personal drive and not waiting to be told to do things.
  4. Planning, Organisation and Time Management: Being organised and methodical. Able to plan work to meet deadlines and targets. Monitoring progress of work to ensure you are on track to meeting a deadline
  5. Teamwork: Working well with other people from different disciplines, backgrounds, and expertise to accomplish a task or goal.
  6. Flexibility:  Adapting successfully to changing situations and environments.
  7. Numeracy: The ability to use data and mathematics to support evidence or demonstrate a point.
  8. Leadership: The ability to motivate, take responsibility and lead other people, in order to achieve set goals and objectives.
  9. Technology: The ability to use a range of computer packages and software including email, word-processing, databases, spreadsheets, and the Internet. These are important skills that most employers will expect.
  10. Negotiation and Persuasion: To take on board other people’s feelings and express your own requirements in an unemotional clear fashion to achieve a win-win outcome.



With the high influx of graduates into the already saturated job market, the odds that others who you are competing with are equally as academically qualified if not more qualified than you are. Having a degree alone may unlock the door to satisfactory employment, but being employable will give the door that extra push to open it. Employers are constantly seeking for the best talent and this goes beyond academics. Empowering yourself with the necessary skills, abilities and personal qualities will ensure you stand out and give you the extra edge.



The Lagos State Graduate Internship Program

SAP learning.

Employability training programs.

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