Communication

While there are many lists of these ’employability’ skills, at Oxford we focus on the key eight skills – based on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s report, Future Fit.

This page focuses on Teamwork. To read more about the other seven employability skills, click on the links below.

 

Expand All

These ideas are ways to start enhancing your communication skills. You’re unlikely to use these as evidence of communication skills in a written application, but they might be things you reference in conversation at interview.

  • Debate ideas with friends – in person, on facebook and on whatsapp.
  • Initiate conversations with strangers. This can help you gain confidence in networking. Our Careers Fairs are great places to try this out.
  • Watch TED Talks about better presentations.
  • Write essays, and present your ideas in tutorials.
  • Arrange a couple of information interviews.

These are all quick ways you can boost your business awareness, and can refer to in applications.

  • Deliver information to others in your own subject area – for example in a dissertation, or in a presentation on a research topic.
  • Write an article or review for a student publication, or for a national special interest magazine.
  • Take the Springboard course for female students.
  • Enter an essay competition.
  • Join societies, especially ones that involve debating.
  • Make publicity materials for a society, event or conference.
  • Be responsible for social media for your Common Room, student society or research group.
  • Persuade guest speakers to attend a society event you are helping to organise.
  • Support college admissions with outreach work – for example by helping out at Open Days.
  • Visit schools to encourage students to apply to Oxford.
  • Secure corporate sponsorship for a club.
  • Create a YouTube presentation that explain an aspect of your course to people not doing a degree in your subject.
  • Take part in a college telethon fundraising campaign, encouraging alumni to donate.
  • Participate in Media Training if you are Research Staff. Research Councils sponsor these TV & Radio training workshops at Oxford University.
  • Create your own website / blog or twitter feed on your research for lay audiences.
  • Mentor students in years below you, or volunteer to tutor local schoolchildren.
  • Train with and volunteer for Nightline.
  • Write a regular blog on a subject of interest – or record your own podcasts.
  • Apply to become the Oxford brand ambassador for an organisation you wish to join as a graduate.
  • If you are a DPhil student or postdoc, join the research-careers.org editorial team to expand your professional networking and writing skills
  • Take part in formal debates with the Oxford Union or the Oxford International Debating Society.
  • Devise a marketing campaign for a student society, campaign, college or research event.
  • Get involved in drama or team sports.
  • Learn a new language.
  • If you are a research staff member, get involved in the Oxford Research Staff Society by working with your departmental rep or putting yourself forward for this role.
  • Get really involved with any of the medium-term activities above!
  • Run a campaign about something important to you.
  • Consider ways to increase your leadership skills (below) – as being an effective leader relies heavily on communication.

Click on the 'CareerConnect EVENTS'  tab below to see upcoming events from the Careers Service where you can build on this skill.

CareerConnect EVENTS

Looking for more?


Check the CareerConnect platform for all our upcoming events and opportunities, book appointments, find jobs and internships, and more.

Login to CareerConnect