When you come to the end of your time at University and you are applying for graduate roles, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you are employable.

At your Students’ Union, we want to help you get the most out of your experience as a student. We want to make sure that when you move on from us you are fully equipped with a range of skills to present in future applications and interviews.

Think about your course mates. In a job interview situation, what would make you stand out from everyone else?

Below are some of the soft skills that employers are likely to be looking for. How many of these do you think you have?

Learning and Adaptability
Team Working
Perseverance & Initiative
Problem Solving
Commercial Awareness

There is plenty to get involved in to help you develop these skills, from Academic Opportunities, the Campaigns Network, Sports & Societies, and volunteering.


Your Skills Log

At the Students’ Union, we have created a tool for you to keep a record of your extracurricular activity, and start building your CV.

Your Skills Log is a space for you to log your hours, track your skills development and keep a record of opportunities you have been involved in. This could be anything, from Look After Your Mate Training, to volunteering in the community.


But don’t just take our word for it...

Alice - Student-Led Project Leader

“I found out about the Skills Log after becoming a Student-Led Project Leader. I find this tool very useful to track the paid work and volunteering hours I do while at University. This has been invaluable to reflect on what I have done and will be useful to review when applying to jobs in the future.”

Emily - Volunteer and member of Athletics

“I have found the Skills Log to be a really useful tool in keeping all the opportunities I’ve been involved in during my time at University in one place. This has enabled me to see my own progress and what skills I’ve achieved (as well as what needs working on) and has made everything more organised when I want dates for my CV etc.”

Top tips
•    Keep on top of ensuring your Skills Log is up to date with everything extra-curricular that you’ve been involved in. It’s much easier to update it as you go than to try and remember everything once you have finished your course.
•    Whatever field you end up choosing to work in, employability and life skills are invaluable.
•    To ensure your extra-curricular activities don’t affect your studies, spread opportunities out over different semesters or terms. However, don’t wait too long to make a start.
•    Explore your Students’ Union website and ensure you’re aware of all the opportunities we can offer.

If you want to find out more about how we’re here to help, please get in touch: [email protected]