Teamwork

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.

 

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These ideas are ways to start thinking about and researching good teamwork skills. You can’t use these as evidence of teamwork skills in a written application – as they don’t involve teamwork! – but they might be things you reference at interview.

  • Remember that how you perceive yourself is not always how others perceive you.
  • Research Belbin and other team effectiveness models.
  • Read business articles on teams and teamwork.
  • Analyse great teams eg. In sport, F1 Pit crews, sky roadrace.
  • Go to a taster class in dancing, singing, or a sport.

You’re unlikely to use these as evidence of teamwork skills in a written application if you have examples from other lists – but they might be things you reference at interview.

  • Have fun with a low ropes course.
  • Tackle an Escape Room game.
  • Play collaborative board games, or bridge.
  • Turn tutorials into team exercise; review others work, allowing each other to provide positive .feedback to jointly improve your skills.
  • Work with other “parents” in Freshers week to help new students.
  • Sign up for the Springboard programme.
  • Take part in our annual “Civil Service Policy Game” – advertised on CareerConnect. It’s a team activity used in the Civil Service Fast Stream selection process.
  • If you’re a researcher – invite others from different disciplines to hear about each other’s work, or brainstorm potential collaborations.
  • These are all good ways you can get teamwork experience, and can refer to in applications.

  • Join a sports team. There are dozens of student-run sports clubs, and many more for individual colleges. See Oxford University Sports for initial ideas.
  • Get involved in a choir, orchestra or band – or help produce a play.
  • Get involved in sub-committees in your Common Room or in a society. For example, volunteer to be part of the team that runs your college ball.
  • Choose to do group project work, if the option is offered on your course.
  • Join The Student Consultancy or The Researcher Strategy ConsultancyOxAid, the Oxford Strategy Group, the Microfinance Initiative, or Oxford Biotechnology Roundtable – for consultancy work within a team.
  • Get involved with one of OUSU’s Campaigns. They promote many good causes, from mental health to racial equality.
  • Join the University Officer Training Core (UOTC)
  • Volunteer with a youth group, or a local community organisation.
  • Participate in employer competitions that require teamwork.
  • Stand for election to a committee in your Common Room or with a student society – and contribute to their collective decision-making.
  • Become part of the student team that runs Oxford Hub.
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