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Durham University


Developing your skills

Employability is not just about getting a job - it is about having the skills, knowledge and attitude that will make you successful in your chosen career.

Employers place great importance on key transferable skills such as communication, problem-solving and teamwork. Careers and Enterprise can help you identify and develop these skills while in Durham.

  • We provide Employability workshops, delivered in partnership with graduate recruiters, to add to your skills and improve your understanding of the graduate workplace. As well as practical workshops on applying for roles, interview techniques and assessment centres.

Experiencing the workplace

Work experience is increasingly important to employers, and is frequently referenced in assessment and selection processes. You may be able to undertake a placement as part of your course, or secure a full-time internship during vacation periods or a part-time internship during term time.

We can advise you on making the most of these opportunities.

The Careers and Enterprise Centre also runs several bespoke work experience programmes, providing you with a wide range of opportunities with local organisations and employers.

Our Student Employment Service can help you to find local part-time vacancies and explore opportunities for work experience.

The Durham Award

The Durham Award recognises the many things you will do alongside your degree, such as involvement in sports, societies, your college or charity work.

Find out more about The Durham Award.

"What I found most beneficial about the Durham Award was the chance to take stock and reflect on all I had achieved here. I was able to recognise the transferable skills I had developed through my extracurricular activities, such as communication, team building, time management and leadership which are many of the skills employers are looking for."

David Saddington, Geography graduate.
Durham Award holders and TEDxTeen speaker.

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