An opportunity to develop additional skills outside your course of study that will improve your graduate employment prospects.
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 30 April 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 Futures Skills Award video and hear from students, employers and our Vice Chancellor about why you should take part.
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.
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Reflect on the activity and evidence your skills using the Gibbs Model, as it will help you structure your thoughts. (1000 – 1500 words).
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).