Respecting others, co-operating, collaborating, negotiating, persuading, and contributing to discussions or joint projects. Successfully achieving a joint goal.
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. Look again at the definition above. Think about all the different ways that you work with others, what you enjoy most and when things have well gone well: there are so many ways of being part of a team. See our ideas and examples below for more ideas.
To read more about the other seven employability skills, click on the links below.
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.
Read business articles on teams and teamwork.
Research Belbin and other team effectiveness models.
Analyse great teams e.g. in sport, F1 pit crews; road-racing cycling teams; or New Zealand All Blacks.
Go to a introductory session in dancing, singing, or a sport ...
Remember that how you perceive yourself is not always how others perceive you.
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.
Turn tutorials or worksheets into a team exercise; review each other's work, provide positive feedback and collectively improve your end results.
Help out during Freshers week - for example, working with other “parents” to help new students.
Have fun with friends, for example by tackling an Escape Room, playing collaborative board games or bridge, or taking on a low ropes course.
Sign up for Careers Service skills workshops which include a group element - for example, the Civil Service Group Discussion workshop, or Case Study workshops. See the events calendar on CareerConnect for more information and to book your place.
If you’re a researcher – invite others from different disciplines to hear about each other’s work, or brainstorm potential collaborations.