Employability refers to your ability to gain initial employment, maintain employment, and obtain new employment if required.

In simple terms, employability is about being capable of getting and keeping fulfilling work.

"Employability is having a set of skills, knowledge, understanding and personal attributes that make a person more likely to choose and secure occupations in which they can be satisfied and successful", Dacre Pool & Sewell, 2007.




Your employability depends on:

  • Your Knowledge (what you know)
  • Your Skills (what you do with what you know)
  • Your Attitude (how you approach things)


MTU Cork Employability & Employment Guide 2018-2020:

The Cork Institute of Technology Employability & Employment Guide outlines the Institute’s overall approach to employability and the supports available to students to assist in the transition to employment.

MTU Cork prides itself on its applied approach to learning, with an emphasis on developing practical skills and ‘learning by doing’ to support preparedness for the workplace and the future among students and graduates. Employability education includes both curriculum-embedded programmes and opportunities outside of the core curriculum. Students can engage in multiple employability development activities during their time in MTU Cork.

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What are Employability Skills?

How can I make the most of my time in MTU Cork?

  • Develop your employability skills.
  • Work hard and get good grades.
  • Be organised, practice good habits and adopt new time-management, planning and study skills.
  • Think about what you want to do in the future.  (Ask the Careers Service for support!)
  • Create a professional CV early on.



There are lots of things you can be doing while you’re still at college to boost your chances of building a great career after you graduate! You might find that some of the options are a lot of fun,and they may even help you figure out exactly what you want to do in your future career.

Your college journey will last approx. three to five years so here are some ideas for developing your ‘Whole Self’ while in third level. You can change a lot during this time, emerging from college as a confident, self-aware adult with many skills and qualities that can be used in the world of work.



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Tip: Make an appointment with a Careers Advisor to develop your own 3-4 Year Employability Plan!

What are Employability Skills?

The Perfect 10 Employability Skills

  • Personal Development
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Professionalism
  • Organisational Skills
  • Flexibilty
  • Commercial Awareness
  • Initiative
  • Ability to use new technologies.


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