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As well as your technical and academic skills, there are other skills that any employer looks for when deciding who they want to work with, be they academic researchers, government, business, non-governmental organisations, public or private sector. While there are many lists of these ’employability’ skills, at Oxford we focus on eight skills – based on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)’s report, Future Fit.

We recommend that you consider your current set of employability skills, and look for opportunities to improve them while at Oxford. You’ll develop some of these skills within your course or your research work. It is also possible to ‘develop the mindset’ further by reading, online research and networking, or by following the advice in our Online and Self-Directed Skills Development briefing.

However, employers like to see how you have developed your skills in an applied, real-world setting. To this end it is important to seek hands-on experience that can be used to provide clear examples of how you have used these skills and strengthen your case with evidence of the quality and impact of your contributions.

The Careers Service offers lots of ideas for developing these skills within and outside the University setting. These include our own employability programmes as well becoming involved with student societies, volunteering and other extra-curricular activities. Use the ideas in the skill-specific sections below to stimulate your thinking and to identify ways you might continue to build your skills and experience .


The eight key employability skills

Click on the buttons below to find out more about each employability skill, and explore suggestions and events where you can improve them.


 

This information was last updated on 29 May 2020.
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Get Ahead: Civil Service Offer Holders Panel – new date

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 28/05/2020.

This year’s Civil Service Offer Holders Panel has moved back a week, to 7th week, and will now run on Thursday 11 June, 13:00-14:30Book a place on CareerConnect.

This event will be helpful for anyone considering a career in the civil service, whether you are targeting graduate entry to the Fast Stream (FS), a direct entry role or considering an application to one of the Internship Diversity Programmes. These are some of the most prestigious and attractive development schemes available, but  we expect the application window to close very early in the new academic year (perhaps as early as the 2nd week of Michaelmas term) so it makes sense to start thinking now about why you want to apply and how to use your summer to prepare.

Join this event to hear from current Oxford students who have all successfully navigated the Civil Service selection process this year. Learn about the different stages of Fast Stream (FS) applications, including:

  • the first three online stages;
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J.P. Morgan Online Academy: Discover a Career in Banking

Posted on behalf of J.P. Morgan. Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 28/05/2020.

Investment banking company J.P. Morgan’s Online Academy offers a series of webinars where you can hear from their employees directly and get your questions answered in real time through a live Q&A. They will be covering topics from career advice and business overviews to top stories trending in the news. They will also discuss their recruitment process, program opportunities, what they do and how to get started on your career journey.

On 3 June, you are invited to join their Discover a career in Banking virtual session where employees from Investment Bank, Markets and Asset & Wealth Management will talk about what they do in their roles and what it takes to be successful in the business.

Check out the full Online Academy series.

‘People Who Improve Our World’ speaker series

Posted on behalf of The Oxford Guild. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 27/05/2020.

Doing good and doing well. Social impact and the future of philanthropy post Covid-19

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The Guild also offer a free fortnightly series:

Online Commercial Awareness MasterClasses

The next event in this series will take place on Friday 29 May at 18:00: Deep Dive into the Global Economy, Markets & Key Current Affairs with leading careers coach, Gwyn DayFind out more on the event Facebook page.

You can also see a recording of Danielle DiMartino Booth’s lecture The Global Economy in a Covid-19 World’  online.

‘Introduction to…’ online info sessions in Trinity

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 27/05/2020.

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These events will be delivered online. It is essential that you book a place for all sessions that you wish to attend so that we can send you the correct joining instructions for each one.

Introduction to Pharma/Biotech – Monday 8 June, 13:00-13:45

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Book a place for Introduction to Pharma on CareerConnect >>

Introduction to Consulting – Wednesday 10 June, 12:00-13:00

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Book a place for Introduction to Consulting on CareerConnect >>

Introduction to Law – Tuesday 16 June, 12:00-13:00

The legal sector is large and full of variety. This session’s main focus will be on understanding the roles of a barrister and a solicitor, how to become qualified and find a job and how to get started.

Book a place for Introduction to Law on CareerConnect >>

Introduction to Pharma/Biotech – Monday, 8 June

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 27/05/2020.

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This session will assume no prior knowledge and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

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