For this task you will identify and articulate three important employability skills that you have developed and can demonstrate through your work and/or study experience.
Select 3 skills and write approximately 250 words on each skill you have chosen. For each choice write about a situation in which you have shown the skill.
If you would like to write about more than 3 of the skills, that's fine. You might be asked about a number of skills when you apply for jobs, so it's good to be prepared.
Below are some examples of skills you could choose and guidance on what to cover when discussing them:
These are just some skills that we have identified, but other skills might be relevant to your career aim. It is acceptable for you to choose other skills, however if you are unsure speak to a member of the careers team.
Make sure that you structure your analysis of each skill carefully, so that you avoid simply telling a story that doesn't really highlight how you demonstrated your skills or the crucial outcomes of your skills.
You don’t have to use the STAR model, but we do recommend it as it helps you write an effective clear and concise structured answer.
What is the STAR model? Well it divides your skills analysis into four sections:
Give a brief overview of the situation in which you demonstrated the skill; this might say when and where the situation occurred or the role you were in at the time. For example, ‘when I was in the final year of my degree ....’ or ‘when I was working in a hotel in Ibiza .....’ This part of your answer will normally take up less than 10%.
Outline the task or project you were tackling. This might be a one-off task or something that you undertook on a regular basis. State clearly what the parameters of the task were and why it was important. This part of your answer will normally take up about 20%
Describe the action that you took to complete the task. This should form the bulk of your answer - about 50% - and it should follow a logical, step by step order. Make sure you are writing about what you did, not what other people did or what 'was done' using passive verbs. Use a wide range of accurate vocabulary, in particular active verbs, in your answer.
Describe what the result of your action was and point out how this experience helped you. You could mention what changed as a result of your action; what skills you developed; the feedback you received; any concrete outcomes such as a new website, publication or system. You can also reflect on the activity you have described, saying how you feel about it and how you might do it differently in future. This should take up about 30% of your answer.
You may want to use our template to compose your skills analysis.
If you are unsure about your skill set you can use prospects to help. Have a look at the ‘Options with your subject’ section and identify a subject that relates to what you are studying. Each subject page suggests the skills you typically gain while studying that subject; it might be a useful starting point for you. Alternatively have a look at a job profile relating to your career aim and use the list of skills on the entry requirements page to help. This activity will help you identify skills you have, but also possibly those you need to gain or develop.
This task reflects the analysis of skills which you will need to do in job applications and job interviews. Many graduate application forms in particular ask you to provide evidence of your skills, and you are required to perform a similar analysis at interview when you are asked questions such as 'Tell me about a time when you have demonstrated excellent communication skills' or 'Describe a time when you have worked in a team to deliver a project to deadline'.
It is really important that you can highlight the skills that your chosen employer requires and speak positively about what you are good at; here's your chance to practice!
This task is assessing your written and/or verbal ability to articulate your skills.
If you would like to submit an alternative activity that showcases your skills in writing or verbally then contact us to discuss this. This could be an application form with competency based questions or a personal statement, a mock interview which contains competency based questions, a presentation (when the topic covers your skills) or a FACETS test.
If you are completing this task as part of a module, your tutor will tell you what type of activity is accepted.