As well as gaining lots of academic knowledge during your time at university, you will also be developing highly relevant employability skills that can be transferred to the workplace. Do you know how to unpick the ones that matter most to employers, and demonstrate the necessary proof?
This blog highlights two employability skills that employers consider are particularly important, and shows some of the occasions during your time at university where you will have demonstrated and developed transferable skills. You can use these examples in your CV, supporting statement or a job interview, to show your employability skill.
Verbal communications skills: speaking clearly and fluently; being persuasive and empathetic.
- Delivering formal and informal presentations in classes and seminars
- Acting as a student ambassador or peer mentor
- Part-time or voluntary jobs that involve dealing with the public
- Campaigning or organising events
- Teaching or training someone to do something
- Leading a team eg a sports team
- Working with others on a project
- Committee member
- Charity work or events
Team working skills: being able to work effectively with other people to achieve an agreed outcome.
These days there are very few job roles that don’t involve working with others, so a prospective employer will want the reassurance that you have what it takes to work effectively with other people and achieve results, meet deadlines! Good examples might be:
- Academic group work eg projects, joint presentations
- Part-time jobs
- Being a member of a committee
- Representing your department/faculty at meetings
- Being actively involved in sports, drama, music clubs and societies
- Running and organising an event
- Assisting with the running or organising of an event
Communication and team working skills are essential to most jobs, but there are many others too which I will discuss in future blogs. In the meantime, have a look at the UoC Career Ahead programme. Career Ahead will help you recognise and develop your talents, and help you make your job applications stand out.
Would you like to be a Welcome Helper during the UCSU Welcome Festival 2015?
The University of Cumbria Students’ Union have Welcome Helper and Team Leader roles available at all University of Cumbria campus sites for current students.
Welcome Helpers are one of the biggest groups of volunteers at UCSU and they play a vital role in supporting new students and helping them settle into University life. UCSU are now recruiting for Welcome Helpers and Welcome Helper Team leaders to help during Welcome Weeks in September 2015. This will be a fantastic experience and a great way to develop key skills in a fun and (at times) challenging environment. You can read about what’s involved in the role here and if you would like to be considered for this then please complete the application form before 16th June 2015.
More info at http://www.ucsu.me/currentopportunities
The Spirit Health Club located within the Holiday Inn in Lancaster are looking to recruit part time staff to join their excellent team for around 16 hours per week working mornings, evening and weekends.
The job opportunity is for 2 flexible hour lifestyle consultants who will be responsible for general health club duties, exercise prescription and instruction, customer care, sales & marketing, social outreach/event organising and pool plant operation.
You will need to be a graduate or undergraduate studying a sports or leisure related degree with a relevant fitness qualification, previous leisure industry experience and if possible a First Aid or pool attendant qualification.
This is a perfect opportunity if you are looking to gain experience in the leisure industry and make some money to support yourself through University, you will also be able to undertake professional development qualifications in subjects such as Gym Instruction and Advanced instruction.
For more information contact Tom Brooks at Spirit Health Club Lancaster Holiday Inn, Wa
terside Park, Caton Road, LA1 3RA by phone on 01524 843579 or email: email@example.com
Students, looking for a way to build up your portfolio?
Freelance Student Games Designer / Illustrator
£8 per hour
Self-employed vacancy (remote working)
Virtalent is an online workforce platform based in the heart of Birmingham’s Silicon Canal start-up scene. We match busy entrepreneurs and professionals with handpicked UK university students, who help them with any task from social media management to graphic design.
We have been approached by a video games studio which has just secured funding from Creative England to develop a new game.
They require at least one university student or recent graduate to help them with the design process.Our client is looking for an aspiring Graphic Artist to create a “story introduction sequence” set of animations that will tell the games story to the player. This should be created in Adobe Illustrator. The client will provide you with the storyboard but will need you to use your creativity and talents to create something exciting! They are also looking for the same (or another) student to create the game “hub” area. Likewise, these designs will need to be created in Adobe Illustrator or PhotoShop (or similar) and need to be animated.
We are looking for highly organised, hard-working and motivated individuals to work on a freelance basis with us. Excellent time management and communication skills are essential. You’ll have the opportunity to earn a flexible, part-time income to fit around your studies, while applying the knowledge and skills you have developed to the day-to-day work required to help a growing games development company. You can work from the comfort of your own room and generally set the hours you work as this is a project based assignment. (Exact working schedule to be agreed between yourself and the client).
For the right person, there is likely to be further opportunities to work with this company as they grow and develop new games franchises. This is a great opportunity to earn some money doing exactly what you love!
To apply, please email your portfolio to our HR Director: firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Monday 19th January at the very latest. We would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
Please note that Virtalent is not an employer. If successful in your application you will be responsible for paying your own tax and National Insurance contributions. If you are not currently registered for self-assessment with HMRC, we will offer our advice and guidance to help you with this process before the commencement of any contract formed between you and Virtalent.
Brilliant careers at Alertacall, Windermere
Alertacall prides itself on finding brilliant people who care deeply about what they do. The company is growing so often has vacancies for Software Developers, Customer Services Superstars and Client Relationship Managers. All team members benefit from leadership training, adventure days and other fun opportunities as well as great pay.
Part-Time Customer Services
Your chance to work for a growing company in Windermere called Alertacall that telephones older people each day to check they are okay with its nationwide “OkEachDay” service.
Earn £8.06 per hour talking to people
Full training given, with several optional in-house courses to choose from if you wanted to develop your skills and career. FREE optional activity and adventure days.
Choose “start of week” or “end of week”
Choose Mon and Tue or Thu and Fri every week (9am to 1.30pm). On alternate weeks you will also work Wed (9am to 1.30pm) and Sat and Sun (8am to 12.30pm). Average 15 hours 45 mins per week.
You’ll need the following skills…
You will need to be friendly, super-reliable, talkative, able to speak and write excellent English and able to accurately type up notes from calls. Confidence using a computer, keyboard and mouse is essential.
To apply send an email through to email@example.com. Tell us about yourself, why you want the job, why you will be great at it and if you have a CV send that too.
Part-time vacancies in Ambleside
Last week we had the handouts from the part-time jobs fairs in Carlisle and Lancaster that listed all of the vacancies the careers team collected from around Carlisle and Lancaster.
This week we have the vacancies that Julie from the team collected around Ambleside – she said that there are more vacancies advertised in shop windows, so if you don’t see anything suitable here, have a wander around the town and see what you can find!
We had a really busy day at the part-time and seasonal jobs fair in Carlisle yesterday – lots of students through the doors, and a whole heap of positive feedback too!
And guess what – we’re doing it all over again tomorrow when the part-time jobs fair hits the Lancaster campus!
Pop along to the gateway building between 12 noon and 2.00 pm to meet local employers who have vacancies that they need students to fill! Why not bring along your CV as well?
One of the main talking points of the day yesterday was out ‘Dream Job’ board – everyone wrote their dream job on a cloud (or a port-it when we ran out of clouds!!) and pinned it up on the board. Some of our favorites were:
- Batman’s best friend
- Professional Squirrel
- Local vigilante
- Ale/ Beer/Chocolate tester
What’s your dream job?