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:
“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
For enquiries relating to completing the Futures Skills Award as part of your course, please contact your course leader or a Careers Adviser.
Watch our Futures Skills Award video and hear from students, employers and our Vice Chancellor about why you should take part.
You can sign up for the Futures Skills Award here.
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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, complete a skills snapshot using the STAR method (situation, task, action, result) to give a clear example of how you developed each skill. Aim to write between 200 and 300 words for each skill.
See our Skills Snapshot
The ability to reflect on your experiences is a valuable skill which will support you through the Futures Skills Award and your continuing professional development. There are 2 parts to this section.
Part 1: reflect on the your wider skills and experiences, using the Gibbs Model (see Applying the Gibbs Reflective Model), as it will help you to structure your thoughts. (1000 – 1500 words).
Part 2: reflect on why an employer will 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).