An opportunity to develop additional skills outside your course of study that will improve your graduate employment prospects.
The award can be personalised to suit your own interests, and has been designed to help you develop and showcase your skills.
The Futures Skills Award was designed in partnership with employers and staff to allow students to gain recognition for any additional activities they undertake during their time at university.
Designed to fit easily around your studies, the Futures Skills Award allows you to:
“Employers are looking for graduates who have gone above and beyond their studies, and are able to demonstrate their skills.
The Futures Skills Award is a great way to showcase yourself to employers and gain that wider perspective in preparing for employment.”
David Sharples, Graduate Employer, Barclays
Hear from students, employers and our Vice Chancellor about why you should take part in the Futures Award.
You can sign up to the Futures Skills Award through My Career Hub. Once you have done this, you can complete the online induction by watching a video and answering some questions, or by attending a Futures Induction Workshop.
The aim of this award is to help you to develop the skills that will help you in your future career. At this stage of the award, you will select three skills that you would like to strengthen and develop by taking part in this programme.
If you are unsure about which skills are required for specific roles, you can look at a wide range of job profiles on the Prospects website to help you.
The Futures Skills Bank provides you with guidance on the skills you might want to focus on.
At this stage of the award, you will need to undertake any combination of activities which enable you to develop your chosen skills. This includes any work experience, extra-curricular activity or voluntary work that you are already doing.
For further guidance on activity, check out our FAQs.
In order to pass this stage of the award, you will need to submit either a CV, Linkedin profile or a video interview for assessment. Take the time to consider which one will benefit you the most when you are applying for work after graduation.
To help you to evidence your chosen skills in future applications and interviews, you will complete a skills snapshot using the STAR method to give a clear example of how you developed each skill.
Our Futures Reflective Submission Guide will explain this in more detail.
Your main reflection piece should document your experience of university as a whole. This is a separate piece of work to the skills snapshot and will allow you to reflect on your time at university.
You can submit your reflection in any format, including digital and online formats such as a blog, website, video or e-portfolio.
There are three deadline dates you can choose from to submit your final reflection:
The award is confirmed upon successful completion (pass) of steps 4 and 5.
You will receive a certificate and an invitation to the Futures Skills Award Celebration event.