As an Employability and wellbeing coach, I’ve been banging on about this for ages to anyone that will listen. If you are in education and around me I will talk to you about what our children need to be taught to survive the future. In fact not just our children but job seekers of any age!

In a world of work where a job isn’t for life anymore and they think that you will have more than 4 careers in a lifetime and jobs that may run concurrently as the future of work, you have to consider life long learning and by that I mean you need to be upskilling yourself all the time.

Look anywhere and you will see that the age of AI (artificial intelligence) is upon us, in ten years from now, actually, in 5 years from now, a lot of the jobs now will be obsolete. The soft skills or social skills will be the ones that can’t be emulated in AI

These are skills I’m looking for and employers will look for are social skills, the ability to communicate with us and others at all levels, empathy, resilience call it mental toughness if you like, kindness ideally on top of qualifications  but if you haven’t got qualifications at least have the social and soft skills and you’ll be able to help you get yourself a job, or promotion or prove employability easily.

Give me a candidate that can smile as they walk into the room, shake my hand firmly whilst looking at me (this does not mean staring me out) just keeping eye contact and be able to hold a personable conversation, the ability to be a team player, to make people feel at ease in your presence, keenness to learn new skills, add with the right can do attitude and most employers agree that these skills they far outweigh qualifications.

We offer an employability test that you can take online that shows you you’re strengths and weaknesses in terms of Problem solving, creativity, altruism, emotional intelligence, assertiveness, conscientiousness, continuous improvement, continuous professional development, team working and organisation, it shows your abilities, your motivations and drivers, you’re skill in dealing with people and your skills in dealing with problems, it’s a great measure to show an employer especially if you lack qualifications or to add to your great qualifications.

As an employer, you can use this tool for apprentices, recruitment, induction or appraisals, it gives you a detailed report and something to work with in terms of a discussion starter. Especially when looking to promote from within or establish a skill set when qualifications arent present

To find out more please email us at or call us on 01424 236900 mentioning this article and we will show you how it works and explain it through in detail no pressure sales here…