As Ashley Hever, Talent Acquisition Director at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said in the Times Higher Education supplement in November 2016:
University qualification and reputation are somewhat important. However, we value a candidate's life skills and experiences more highly.
In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, employers are no longer just focussing on technical skills but also key life skills such as the ability to negotiate, to reflect and learn from experiences, to make insightful decisions and manage risk.
Simply Do Ideas offers a mobile learning platform for enterprise and employability staff to support students and recent graduates, either to start their own project or enterprise or to prepare them for the world of work.
Experiential, enjoyable to use and academically robust, the Simply Do Ideas concept canvas and guided online learning software equips students with key employability skills such as:
- Enhanced digital technology skills
- An appreciation of brand and customer relationships
- The application of data to real life scenarios
- Presentation skills
- Negotiation skills
- Decision-making skills
- Listening skills
It also enables students to build their confidence to pitch an idea or enhance their:
- Capacity for self-reflection
- Ability to critique a situation and change direction
- Ability to lead or perform in a team
An enabling technology platform, offering opportunities for students to work in teams, to take initiative and develop leadership skills, the software can be tailored to generate opportunities for entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship or simply building confidence.
Increasingly, employers expect graduates to be innovative, adaptable, resilient and flexible and have an enterprising mind-set.
Enhancing Employability Through Enterprise Education: Examples of Good Practice in Higher Education, Edited by Jane Owens and Maureen Tibby November, The Higher Education Academy, 2014