Your skills development

Your Skills Development – Skills sessions

You are required to choose and complete four skills development workshops or activities as part of the award. These sessions will help you develop the transferable skills that employers are looking for in a successful candidate.

You select sessions and activities to suit you from the list below. You may also be able to count skills sessions undertaken in your own Academic School if extra to your course and approved by the Acceler8 Team.

Please note that the sessions are usually a maximum of 1 hour and 50 minutes long unless stated otherwise, and may require minimum numbers to run.

Skills Development Sessions – for the workplace:

Effective team building, group dynamics and team roles
This interactive workshop provides you with an insight into how to build and maintain teams both at university and in the workplace. You will be given advice on how to identify your role in a team and meet targets.

Effective time management
This session examines how to avoid wasting time, prioritise work, and set up an effective time-management plan.

Leadership
Here you will develop understanding of leadership and what is required of a practicing or potential first-line manager. You will be shown how leadership theories and style can improve leadership practice.

The entrepreneurial mindset – an exercise in creative and innovative thinking
This session outlines those personal attributes and horizontal skills that form the basis of the entrepreneurial mindset (creativity, sense of initiative, risk acceptance, autonomy, self confidence, leadership, capacity to work as a team etc.), and is aimed at raising students’ awareness of self-employment and entrepreneurship as possible career options, and providing business skills and knowledge of how to start and successfully run a business.

IT skills: taking Excel to the next level
Do you need to use Excel to analyse data? If so, this session will introduce you to some techniques to help you manage large data files, as well as using tools such as pivot tables, VLOOKUP and conditional formatting for easy analysis. You will also learn about how to display your data effectively to share with others, including using charts. This session is for students who already know the basics.

Networking
Most experts would agree that networking is an essential skill for work. Networking effectively through developing relationships with other business people is important for both personal and career development, in terms of building contacts and providing you with advice, support and help. This session will give you a better understanding of what networking is, why it is important, and how to do it. You will also get practical experience of networking during this session.

Oral communication (presentation skills)
This session will help you improve your planning and preparation for presentations in the workplace. It will also demonstrate how to use appropriate techniques and aids to improve audience understanding of the presentation topic.

Written communication (writing for business)
This interactive workshop will give you a better understanding of workplace writing, why it is important and how to do it. You will have the opportunity to explore strategies and techniques for writing in the business environment.

Skills Development Sessions - Recruitment and Selection Practices:

Aptitude / psychometric tests (online skills activity)
There are three tests to take as part of this skills activity and all are promoted by SHL, global leader in talent management. These tests include maths and verbal reasoning, plus a personality questionnaire that upon completion identifies your key strengths and weaknesses and the jobs that suit them. Completion of three online psychometric tests will class as one attended skills session towards your award.

Tricks for numerical aptitude tests
Employers are increasingly using numeracy tests as a part of the candidate selection process. In this workshop we will explore test strategies, look at specific questions, and address some of the underlying maths used. Additional support in this session is provided by student maths mentors.

Assessment centre insights – hired or fired
The aim of this session is to provide an insight into assessment centres from both the candidate and the employer’s side. Find out how assessment centres work, the selection criteria, and the different type of exercises and assessments used. You will be given the opportunity to experience some activities, along with tips and advice on how to make a good impression and market yourself during an assessment day.

Employer graduate expectations
This session will consider the skills and qualities that employers look for when recruiting graduates, and provide examples of how your degree can open up opportunities across a range of occupational sectors. You will also have an insight into the graduate recruitment market including large graduate recruiters and SMEs.

Managing your online presence
This session will consider how employers use social media as part of the recruitment process and how you can ensure that your online presence presents a professional image of you.

Skills Development Sessions – Personal Development:

Assertiveness
In this session you will explore strategies for effectively dealing with people in the workplace. You will learn how to recognise and understand different behaviour types and develop strategies to deal with them appropriately.

Behaviour management
This interactive session will cover identifying young people's behaviours and reflecting on adult responses which promote positive behaviours. This session will be useful not only for those interested in careers in education, teaching and social sciences, but will also be relevant to the world of work and working with others.

Internationalise your profile
“Internationalisation” is the buzzword of the moment, but what does it mean for soon-to-graduate students? Is working abroad straight after your degree a realistic option, and is it actually more than simply working abroad in any case? This workshop is designed for British and EU students from all subjects and looks at the benefits of international experience, understanding the importance of intercultural awareness, and how to get started.

Self-awareness"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell me about yourself": It's one of the most common questions you will be asked on applications, interviews, and networking – but can be one of the most difficult. This session will help you prepare to answer this question by exploring the skills of self-reflection, giving you practical ideas to become more aware of what you have to offer and help you to talk more positively about yourself.

University Language Programme (ULP)
If you have already studied on a ULP in your first year or are currently studying a language on the ULP in addition to your degree, this can be counted as one skill session towards your award.