Futures Skills Award

An opportunity to develop additional skills outside your course of study that will improve your graduate employment prospects.

The Futures Skills Award can be personalised to suit your own interests and has been designed to help you develop and showcase your skills.

What is the Futures Skills Award?

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:

The deadline to complete your submission for the award is 20 May 2019; however, we encourage you to submit your final submission earlier, as this will give you an opportunity to resubmit if necessary. If you are an exchange student and only here for one term, please submit by 1 December 2018.

“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

Watch our video

Watch our Futures Skills Award video and hear from students, employers and our Vice Chancellor about why you should take part.

Complete the Futures Skills Award in 4 easy steps:

1. Skills snapshot

Identify 3 skills that you want to develop

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.

To help you to evidence your chosen skills in future applications and interviews, you will complete a skills snapshot using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to give a clear example of how you developed each skill.

2. Submit a LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site with over 500+ million members worldwide.

3. Reflection

Reflect on the activity and evidence your skills using the Gibbs Model, as it will help you structure your thoughts. (1000 – 1500 words). 


4. Reflect on why an employer would value these skills

Think about why your skills and experiences are important for your future prospects? What will employers value in your experience? What kind of employee would you be as a result of your experiences? Do your experiences help you to stand out from the crowd? (300-500 words).

Sign up for the Futures Skills Award

Sign Up and Induction

Get in touch

For initial enquiries, contact us or pop in to speak to one of our advisers in the Employability Hub.

If you are a member of staff and have any queries, or are interested in running a workshop for students, please contact the Futures team via careers@mmu.ac.uk