Build your skills and work experience

In a competitive graduate market, you'll need a package of skills, knowledge, experience and attributes to help make you an appealing prospect for employers.

Work experience is crucial – according to High Fliers Research of the 2015 graduate market, 'Graduates who have had no previous work experience at all are unlikely to be successful during the selection process and have little or no chance of receiving a job offer for their organisation's graduate programme'.

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Work experience

Learn more about the benefits of work experience, where to find opportunities and how to make the most of your time in the workplace.

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Communicating your skills

Find out which skills employers are looking for, how to convey them using the STAR technique and using social media to improve your prospects.

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Developing your skills

Become a student mentor and develop your skills through workshops, courses and employability events.