The skills listed below are those required by most graduate recruiters and for most graduate professions, together with an indication of the sorts of activities that could provide evidence.

Go to Evidence of skills for more detailed examples of the skills that could be gained from these activities.

Transfer the information that applies to your experience from this section to the Career options grid.


What is meant by these skills?

  • Adaptability: able to fit in rapidly to different situations and work effectively with different people

  • Computer literacy: demonstrating at least basic computer literacy in basic software packages, ideally with evidence of a qualification

  • Creativity: thinking up new ideas or solutions to problems whether by ideas or artistic ability

  • Driving licence: full clean driving licence

  • Interpersonal skills: ability to get on with other people such as members of staff or customers to work effectively together

  • Languages: using foreign languages in speech or writing - remember that evidence should show your current level of competence

  • Leadership: taking responsibility for a group of people and managing their actions

  • Numeracy: making calculations, doing percentages and interpreting information in tabular format

  • Perseverance: setting personal goals, planning and working towards that aim and possibly overcoming difficulties in the process

  • Planning and organising: arranging events or projects or prioritising multiple activities, managing time effectively

  • Practical skills: technical, artistic, scientific, engineering or specific knowledge

  • Problem solving: considering a problem, finding, evaluating and implementing a solution

  • Teamwork: working effectively with a group of people in a formal team or unstructured group - remember that your evidence must show your individual contribution, in addition to explaining the team role

  • Using initiative: implementing action to overcome problem or take advantage of opportunity

  • Verbal communication: talking clearly, making presentations, listening and talking effectively

  • Written communication: producing reports and essays, using appropriate language, good grammar and spelling

  • Working under pressure: ability to cope with deadlines, multiple tasks, thinking on your feet to handle problems

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