PAT Toolkit

This resource has been produced for Personal Academic Tutors to help you support your students with their careers and employability progression. It will help you have meaningful conversations with your tutees around employability and to help them find the information or support they need.   

Please note, these pages make a number of references and links to myCareer. In order to view these as a member of staff please contact to be given access.

What is employability?

Employability has been defined as "a set of achievements, understandings and personal attributes that make individuals more likely to gain employment and to be successful in their chosen occupations". This includes having the skills, knowledge and work experience required in today’s employment market, and the ability to choose and secure suitable employment or alternatives. It is also the ability to perform well at work, and to be able to reflect and develop your own career to suit your own, and your employer’s needs.

To do this, students should be clear about the knowledge and skills they have developed, both throughout their course and from their wider experiences, know how these fit into the labour market, and be able to promote themselves accordingly.

As personal tutors you are well placed to help students draw together these threads and support them to make plans to develop further and move on with their plans.

You are not expected to do this on your own. The Careers & Employability Service is here to support students in a range of different ways. However, your role is crucial in opening up the discussions and ensuring your tutees are on track and, and where appropriate, referring on to Careers & Employability or other sources of help.