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Careers & Enterprise Centre

Employability Skills Development

Employability Skills

About

During Michaelmas and Epiphany Term, we invite recruiters to run skills sessions for our students.

These sessions support students to reach graduation with the transferrable skills employers require. They can also provide valuable insight for our students, hearing directly from employers about how to stand out from the crowd and make competitive applications.

The purpose of these sessions is not for recruitment, but rather an opportunity to increase your profile at the University, and to raise awareness of your sector with those who may not have considered it before.

Sessions are open to all students, from any department and specialism. We can promote your event to particular groups, but the attendance must remain open to all.

There is no charge to deliver skills workshops, and we will advertise the event, book a room, and take bookings for you.

Approach

Feedback from students has consistently highlighted that skills workshops with interactive elements are the most useful and popular, so we encourage this approach. You are welcome to use examples from your company and experience, and those attending value this sort of real world industry experience.

There is no set structure for these sessions, so you are welcome to tailor sessions you may already have in place as part of your outreach programme. However, we ask that you use only five minutes at the start or end of your workshop to promote your company, and that you try to allow time for a Q&A at the end.

Sessions should last between 1 – 1.5 hours.

A member of the Careers & Enterprise Service will meet you before the event starts, and we request that you provide us with any slides/presentation materials at least seven days in advance of your session.

Topics: 2018-19 Programme Focus

As part of our 2018-19 Programme we are particularly keen to hold sessions which focus on Confidence Building, Communication, Resilience, Digital Skills and Commercial Awareness. So please do get in touch if you feel you can offer sessions on these areas, or if you would like to discuss ways you can contribute.

Other topics for workshops have included:

Teamworking, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, CV/Application writing, Succeeding in Interviews and Assessment centres, Passing Psychometric and Online tests.

Typical topics for ‘mock’ events include: Iinterviews, Case Studies, CV clinics/drop-ins, Assessment Centres.

To book or for further information

Please contact Clare Ebdon, Skills Development Officer, on 0191 334 1444 or email employability.skills@durham.ac.uk