Skills Development

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Employers will expect you to be able to discuss your skills and to give examples of where you have developed them.  You may also be expected to talk about areas where you had weaknesses and what you did about that.

To be able to talk about your skills effectively, it can be very useful to carry out a skills audit.  Some examples are given below and you can download the Skills Audit Worksheet, you can begin to think of evidence of where you are already displaying elements of each skill – and plan how you can continue to develop these further.

Skill/Ability definition

Examples

The ability to produce concise, grammatical and  well-expressed text in a manner appropriate to different readers, presenting a persuasive argument.

 

  • Essay/report writing
  • poster designing
  • writing for (student) newspaper
  • secretary of societies - recording minutes of meeting 

Skill/Ability definition

Examples

Using speech to express ideas and give information or explanations effectively

 

  • giving a presentation as part of course work
  • working on a reception desk
  • participation in tutorial groups
  • presentations to other students and academics
  • committee work in societies
  • debating

Skill/Ability definition

Examples

Identifying and using an appropriate method or technique to arrive at a solution.

 

  • developing a new product or service during a vacation work placement
  • workshops and tutorials
  • internships
  • management business games
  • organising events for Hall or Society
  • dealing with accommodation problems or travel plans
  • work-based projects in vacations

Skill/Ability definition

Examples

Identifying options, evaluating them and then choosing the most appropriate

 

  • secretary of a Hall Committee
  • participating in employers' vacation placements
  • holding office with responsibility for events or budgets
  • choosing optional courses 

 

Skill/Ability definition

Examples

Holding discussions with people in order to reach a position of mutual satisfaction and agreement

 

  • Student Rep. on Staff/Student committee
  • settling accommodation problems with your landlord
  • bargaining over prices
  • negotiating on behalf of Societies/Halls

Skill/Ability definition

Examples

Holding discussions with people in order to reach a position of mutual satisfaction and agreement

 

  • Leading student project groups
  • Being on student committees
  • Acting as a course representative
  • OTC or similar
  • Captain of sports teams

 

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