This chapter defines employability and career planning and establishes a theoretical foundation and framework for the rest of this guide. You will quickly see that the career journey is both an intellectual and an emotional process, which everyone can master by getting out there and taking control. Therefore, employability is down to three factors - your knowledge, commitment and especially your skills. Whether you want to be a publican or a politician, you need an understanding of what youre doing, the desire to succeed and the ability to perform. You can develop these qualities throughout your experience and qualifi cations. All experience gives you a chance to promote yourself but paid employment is especially attractive to employers because the knowledge, commitment and skills you gain are easily transferable. You will need both technical competencies related to your specifi c post and transferable abilities that can be used in a range of fields. These classifications are outlined below.
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