Personal Development Planning (PDP) can boost your skills and your prospects. The job market is more competitive than ever before – of course employers want graduates who have acquired skills from their degrees but they increasingly look for a range of other ‘employability’ skills to help them identify people who will ‘stand out from the crowd’. So why not take advantage of the opportunities open to you alongside your degree here at Royal Holloway to discover things about yourself that you never knew and enhance your prospects of employment so that you can do exactly that?
What are employability skills?
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) defines them as:
"A set of attributes, skills and knowledge that all labour market participants should possess to ensure they have the capability of being effective in the market place - to the benefit of themselves, their employers and the wider community."
What skills are considered valuable by employers?
What's on offer at Royal Holloway?
Find out from our extra curricular activities page. Make sure you get involved with the Passport Scheme.
As the CBI states:
"Underpinning all these attributes must be a positive attitude: a 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute, openness to new ideas and a drive to make these happen. Employers also vale entrepreneurial graduates who demonstrate an innovative approach, creative thinking, bring fresh knowledge and challenge assumptions."