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Employability Skills Programme

Our employability skills series is designed in collaboration with our in-house career consultants and employers.

These sessions aim to prepare students on how to make the transition from education to work, covering all aspects of the selection and recruitment process. The workshops will cover the skills that are most valued by employers, how students can reflect on those and how to articulate their experiences clearly when talking to employers.

Why employability skills?

We recognise that employability skills are increasingly becoming as important to employers as educational achievement. In addition to a strong academic background, employers require individuals with a range of core work competencies such as team working, commercial awareness and presentation skills.

It has also been recognised that there is a gap between what graduates expect and what employers need. Our aim is to work with employers to bridge that gap and help manage expectations on both sides, thus making our students more employable.

What will my organisation gain from participating?

Help increase students’/graduates’ confidence and success rates during the application and selection process.

Attendance is free-of-charge and this is an extremely valuable and cost-effective way to assist students in gaining the necessary skills and competencies to enter the world of work after their degree.

Promote your opportunities and brand on campus.

Attendance at these sessions will make you stand out from your competitors and you will be recognised as an organisation that is committed to improving the employability skills of students and graduates, helping you to attract focused, high-performing candidates to your organisation

How does it work?

External guest speakers from various organisations are invited to deliver practical, interactive and relevant skills sessions for our students. The areas to be covered will be published here in August 2016.

We will also be developing worksheets as supplementary material that will improve skills learning. You are, however, welcome to bring your own resources along.

Students that attend these sessions will be awarded certificates.

How many sessions are there and which areas will be covered?

Following the success of our previous skills programmes, a number of one-hour events will run from September to November 2016. Sessions are targeted at students looking to make applications for graduate or placement schemes who want to find out what employers expect from them.


Session presenter

Session date

Session Time

Part 1. How to tailor your online applications

Bloomberg (sponsors)

Tuesday 4th October13:00 - 14:00

Part 2. How to develop your personal brand

CapcoTuesday 4th October18:00 - 19:00

Part 3. How to succeed at telephone interviews

AvailableTuesday 11th October13:00 - 14:00

Part 4. How to succeed at video interviews


Tuesday 11th October

18:00 - 19:00

Part 5. How to succeed at competency-based interviews


Tuesday 18th October

13:00 - 14:00

Part 6. How to succeed at strengths-based interviews

EYTuesday 18th October18:00 - 19:00

Part 7. How to prepare for psychometric tests


Tuesday 25th October

13:00 - 14:00

Part 8. How to develop networking skills


Tuesday 25th October

18:00 - 19:00

Part 9. How to make the most of social media


Tuesday 1st November

13:00 - 14:00
Part 10. How to develop and demonstrate commercial awarenessAvailableTuesday 1st November18:00 - 19:00
Part 11. How to develop and demonstrate leadership skillsTeach FirstTuesday 8th November13:00 - 14:00
Part 12. How to develop and demonstrate team-working skillsAvailableTuesday 8th November18:00 - 19:00
Part 13. How to tackle group work at assessment centresEnterprise Rent-A-CarTuesday 15th November13:00 - 14:00
Part 14. How to tackle assessment centre case studiesCivil ServiceTuesday 15th November18:00 - 19:00
Part 15. How to tackle presentations at assessment centresAvailableTuesday 22nd November13:00 - 14:00
Part 16. How to make a good impression at the start of your internship or graduate roleAvailableTuesday 22nd November18:00 - 19:00

We welcome any suggestions or ideas for other topics that you deem necessary as key competencies looked for in your organisation or sector.

How many students can I expect to attend?

For the Autumn series, we see up to 150 students per lunchtime session and up to 350 students at the evening sessions.

How to make the most of a skills session at City

Based on feedback from previous events at City, students were impressed with skills sessions that:

  • Were interactive and involved group discussion and input from the students
  • Provided them with in-depth information that is difficult to find elsewhere
  • Had very specific learning outcomes
  • Focused on the subject at hand and provided a lot of examples.

Students were disappointed with skills sessions that:

  • Were more like a company presentation
  • Promoted the organisation
  • Had a basic and broad content
  • Were not interactive.

How can employers book for one of these sessions?

Session delivery is free-of–charge, but places are limited and need to be booked early. If you are interested in discussing delivery of one of these events in more detail, please contact the Employer Engagement team.

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