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Understanding Your Skills

Many of the skills that employers want are the same skills that make good students and researchers. Everyone talks about skills but what do they mean? Check out our Skills Dictionary Download for examples of some of the most common buzz words and their translation from "employer speak" to standard English.

During your time at University you will develop many skills through a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. It is really important to take time to reflect and evidence your skills to possible future employers. The resources below including our 10 minute pre-recorded presentation on Skills Audits should assist with this.

Our online presentation is also available via BlackBoard through the following link "Skills Auditing. The Foundation of your Future"

You can also learn and develop a wide range of skills using the resource, from the latest software packages to business-related subjects. Click here to access playlists of some key employability skills.

Card sort activities can help identify your key skills
Identifying your skills

Self assessment:

Employability Skills Audit

Reflect on your skills throughout your time at university and beyond as this forms the basis of your continued personal and professional development:

To help get you started, review the sample skills audit below and you might also find it useful to read through the suggestions on the Career Planning pages.

1. Watch our pre-recorded presentation for further explanation.

2. Complete the Employability Skills Checklist below to start identifying examples of your skills.

4. Identify your development areas and action plan - how to develop your skills below.

Developing Skills:

Skills can be developed in many ways during and after your studies. Check out our Developing Skills Download below and our Placements, Internships and Work Experience pages for some ideas on many ways for you to gain evidence of skills:

Useful Downloads

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