Skills Week (Monday, 10 October to Friday, 14 October 2022) is a brand new campaign especially for final year students and recent graduates. Develop your personal brand, build your skills and learn how to articulate them to future employers.
Here are five reasons not to miss Skills Week this October:
1. Get your Careers questions answered
Simply drop-in to the Ground Floor of University Place on Monday, 10 October (between 12 noon and 3pm) to chat to members of the Careers Service and ask any questions you have on skills, boosting your CV or planning your career.
2. Learn to understand your own skills
Whether you have your career planned out, or have no idea what you want to do after uni, understanding your skills is a great way to start. By figuring out what you are good at, what you like and dislike and what you want to develop, you can start to work out the kinds of careers, roles and organisations that you might want to work in after your degree.
Additionally, understanding your skills will help you during your time at university: you will know which assignments you do best at, what societies and socials use skills you enjoy, and what activities could help you develop those skills further.
3. Know how to express your skills to employers
Understanding your skills is just the first step. After that, you need to be able to articulate your skills to employers, recruiters, or further study lecturers. The events during Skills Week will help you to talk about your skills clearly and effectively, helping you to succeed in applications and interviews.
4. Build your personal brand
Building your personal brand involves taking your skills, strengths and experiences and creating an impression of yourself, your career and your goals. Your personal brand is a useful way of marketing yourself on LinkedIn, during application processes and when networking with employers and alumni.
By attending Skills Week, and thinking about your skillset, goals and values, you will be able to tell a story about who you are, so that connections and potential employers can get to know you, what you stand for and what you can do.
5. Spark new ideas to develop your skills and boost your CV
If you are in your final year or studying for a Master’s, you may feel like you don’t have time to develop your skills before you graduate. However, there are plenty of opportunities for you to boost your skills while finishing your degree and the Final Year Checklist event will help you learn about some of them.
From work experience to networking, the event will teach you about different ways you can gain new skills and improve existing ones alongside your studies.
Written by Samantha Oates-Miller, Career Insights and Graduate Support Assistant