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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 are featured in the section below.

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 during October 2020. Sessions are targeted at students looking to make applications for graduate or placement schemes who want to find out what employers expect from them. If you are interested in sponsoring our 2020 Employability Skills Programme, get in touch.


Session presenter

Session date

Session Time
Part 1: What skills are employers actually looking for? How to develop these through the ESP ProgrammeBarclaysTuesday 29th September13:00 - 14:00
Part 2: Online applications: Tackling them and what happens next Outbound PeopleTuesday 29th September18:00 - 19:00
Part 3: Phone and Video Interviews: How best to prepare?Management SolutionsTuesday 6th October13:00 - 14:00
Part 4: In-person interviews: What do employers really want to hear? BarclaysTuesday 6th October18:00 - 19:00
Part 5: Commercial Awareness: What is this and how to develop it?HSCB

Tuesday 13th October

13:00 - 14:00

Part 6: Case Studies: How to prepare and ace them?


Tuesday 13th October

18:00 - 19:00
Part 7: Assessment Centres: How to get noticed by the recruiters?CIMATuesday 20th October13:00 - 14:00
Part 8: Identifying your strengths: How to demonstrate them in the workplace?Expedia

Tuesday 20th October

18:00 - 19:00
Part 9: Personal Branding: How to develop your networkAllen & Overy LLP

Tuesday 27th October

13:00 - 14:00
Part 10: What to expect from the workplace: Your first monthAccenture

Tuesday 27th October

18:00 - 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 250 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.