Initiative

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

 

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

  • Suggest activities to do with your group of friends, and make it happen. Don’t just be responsive.
  • Use social media to network.
  • Arrange a couple of information interviews.
  • Solve minor problems in your department/college in conjunction with staff. For example, issues which affect your mail room, catering, or welfare support.
  • Know when to seek help or advice!
  • Read about people who have taken the initiative.

These are all quick ways you could take the initiative, and you could refer to in applications.

  • Solve a problem, or make something new happen in your college, department, or in a society.
  • Organise your own work experience by making a speculative application.
  • Take part in Oxford Entrepreneurs‘ 3 day pitch
  • Volunteer – for example with Nightline, or with local community initiatives through Oxford Hub.
  • Learn, or teach yourself, a new skill that might be helpful in your career – for example coding.
  • Join The Student Consultancy or The Researcher Strategy Consultancy and solve a real business problem for a local organisation.
  • Create a new speaker series for your department or a society.
  • Apply for Laidlaw internships. These give you funding to do research of your choice, in leading institutions worldwide.
  • Start a campaign about something you care about, and get others involved.
  • Start your own business or social enterprise.
  • Set up a society, journal or club.
  • Set up an Oxford student arm of a professional organisation or a charity.

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

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