Manchester Metropolitan University

Futures Skills Award

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.

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:

“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

Hear from students, employers and our Vice Chancellor about why you should take part in the Futures Award.

Futures Skills Award video

How does it work?

Complete the Futures Skills Award in 6 easy steps:

1. Sign Up and Induction

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.

2. Identify three skills you want to develop

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 Future Skills Bank ‌ provides you with guidance on the skills you might want to focus on.

 

 

3. Undertake any activity to develop these skills

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.

Make the most of your time at university, get involved and build your experience! You can find a range of activities on and off campus through our resources page or through My Career Hub.

For further guidance on activity, check out our FAQs.

4. Submit either a CV, LinkedIn profile or video interview for review

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.

Additional resources and support are available to help you with this stage of the award including our online career guides and one-to-one appointments.

5. Reflect on the activity and evidence your skills

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:

  • 31st January 2018 - we would recommend this deadline date if you are in your final year or are in your final year or are applying for placement
  • 31st March 2018
  • 30th April 2018 
  • There is an earlier deadline date of 1st December 2017 for Exchange and International students who are only here for one term

6. Award Completed!

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.

Sign up to the Futures Skills Award

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

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