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Employability and careers advice

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For students worried about developing employability skills during their degree, choosing a career, or getting a job after graduation, there is an overwhelming array of advice. To help we’ve brought together a careers advice toolkit so students can learn how to build their skills and work experience while they study, understand how to showcase their skills to future employers, and find their dream job when they graduate.

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How to optimise your employability

Authors of Employability, John Neugebauer and Jane Evans-Brain show how to go about developing early work skills and experience through activities including networking, employment sources like careers fairs, social media and internships.


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Making your skills work for you

Take an inventory of your skills, find out how to boost them, and learn how to sell your skills in a CV, interview and online. Download a free chapter from Lucinda Becker and Felicity Becker’s book Seven Steps to a Successful Career for their essential tips.


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Transferable skills from your degree

It’s up to you to show potential employers what you’ve learnt during your course, and what you can bring to a company. Read this blog post by students at Sussex University who share which transferable skills they developed while they studied.




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The STAR technique from Smale & Fowlie

Using the STAR technique to get your message across

When describing the competencies employers require, it is very easy to ramble and not use the best example or include enough detail/information in the answer. The STAR technique (Byham and Cox, 1998) provides a framework to construct a relevant answer to open-ended questions asked during an interview or when completing an application form. The STAR technique enables you to structure what you have to say as follows:

S = Situation – outlines a situation that demonstrates that you possess a personal quality or skill 
T = Task – describes a task which you have completed
A = Action – explains what you actually did in this situation
R = Result – reports the result of your actions

A STAR is really a little story, which you are proud of and which can be told to your advantage. The STAR technique gives you a format in which to tell stories about yourself.

Extract taken from How to Succeed at University by Bob Smale & Julie Fowlie


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