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Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre

Employability Skills Development Workshops

About the workshops

Throughout the year you have the opportunity to attend a wide range of interactive workshops that help you recognise, develop and articulate your employability skills, as well as improve your understanding of the graduate workplace.

These workshops are open to students of any year group who want to develop their skills for future success.

Range of Workshops

A typical workshop is 1 hour - 1 ½ hours long. Topics include CV writing, interview skills, effective networking, and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership. 

Other workshops include practice assessment centre simulation with feedback, one-to-one practice interviews with individual feedback, and CV/application drop-in sessions. Whether you would like help with improving your CV, or to practice an interview with an impartial employer, there is something for everyone.

Workshops are run by a range of employers across different sectors, as well as professional staff from the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. They are not to assess or recruit students, but to offer impartial advice and help.

Presentation skillsApplicationsNetworkingCommercial awarenessAssessment centresTeamworkInterviewsLeadershipProblem solvingCommunicationSelling yourselfCVsEnterprise

Why should I attend?

There are lots of great reasons for attending a workshop. Here are just a few:

  • You will be better prepared and more confident in knowing what to expect for job applications, interviews and assessment days.
  • They will help you know how to use your time at university to prepare for your future career.
  • Employers have said that graduates lack the skills and qualities they require, which is why many are coming to Durham to offer their expertise in this area. Attending a workshop will mean you are one step ahead of thousands of other students in your position.
  • They provide fantastic opportunities for you to network with top employers who are seeking to employ Durham students.

“ What I liked about the workshops was the variety of them, the speakers and their skills, the exercises we had to get involved in and the fact that there were no two workshops alike.”

How do I book?

To help us manage the workshops effectively, it is important that you register your attendance in advance.

You can book to attend a workshop for free. All you need to do is log into the Student Services Portal, and under 'Events' select 'Employability Skills - Bookable' as the type of event, and there you can choose which workshops you would like to attend.

Workshops will be advertised before the start of term, and will be bookable two weeks in advance of the workshop date.

Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be added to the waiting list once the event becomes fully booked, and notified if a place becomes available.

For further information...

Email Clare Ebdon:

Phone: 01913341444

“The events offered by the Careers Centre were a really needed and valuable experience/confidence boost for me”

Final year student, 2013

What do employers say?

"Opportunities to further enhance your personal skills and professional development should not be underestimated as they provide an insight into what employers are looking for in potential employees. In an era of competitive graduate employment, companies are looking at what makes You stand out above the rest." Jack Porter - BT