Creativity

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 Creativity. To read more about the other seven employability skills, click on the links below.

 

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These ideas are ways to start becoming more creative. You’re unlikely to use these as evidence of creativity in a written application, but they might be things you reference in conversation at interview.

  • Get into a creative mindset by trying to find a new route to lectures each day.
  • Brainstorm ideas with friends.
  • Talk to people who do things you don’t do.
  • Attend a lecture on a subject different to your own.
  • Try something new! Try art, music, dance, poetry, or creative writing – either on your own or with a society. You might find a new hobby…

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

  • Take up a new sport, learn a new musical instrument, join a choir, take up dancing… Try a new hobby, and see if it sticks!
  • Arrange to travel to new places, in new ways.
  • Develop your own website, or offer to build one for a student society. (There’s no need to code it – but you could do this too if you like).
  • Approach a charity with a suggestion of how you might volunteer a specific skill.
  • Think of a unique fundraising event for a charity.
  • Work, travel or volunteer abroad. Our Summer Internship Programme offers lots of opportunities to do this.
  • Whether you are a student or research staff member, create your own internship or work-shadowing experience. Our internship office provides tips on how to do this.
  • Make something new happen in your college, department, or in a society.
  • ‘Up-skill’ yourself. Take a course at the Oxford Language Centre, a free computing course at IT services, or if you are a research staff member, at the Oxford Learning Institute.
  • Found a new society or research collaboration.
  • Apply for Laidlaw internships. These give Undergraduate students funding to do research of your choice, in leading institutions worldwide.
  • Turn a creative hobby into a semi-professional activity. Get published, exhibit, or get paid for performance.

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