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Skills Hub

Welcome to Skills Hub! Here we have put together some useful information to help you develop the skills, strengths, and qualities employers are typically looking for.

Developing your employability skills at UCL 

Skills are just one aspect of your employability. Your knowledge, experience, values and personal attributes, ability to be a global citizen and plan your career are crucial too! See our employability framework, the UCL Pillars of Employability to learn more about what employability means and how you can develop it!  

You will see an overview of the skills based on research from global reports*, focus groups, and the experiences of those in recruitment.

You'll also be able to hear recruiters explain more about why this particular skill is important to them when hiring students and graduates, as well as what sort of evidence they're looking for as part of the recruitment process.

You’ll find that whether you are studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, you are already developing these skills as part of your programme. From interpersonal skills to creativity, your studies will support you in developing these attributes and provide you with further opportunities to strengthen the key skills needed to build a global career.

* QS Global Skills Gap Report 2019

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Interpersonal Skills

The ability to communicate, interact and build relationships with others.

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Problem Solving Skills

The process of assessing a variety of situations and finding an outcome or solution.

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Teamwork Skills

Your willingness to understand a variety of viewpoints and work with others, often to achieve a common aim.

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Commercial Awareness Skills

Your ability to gain a deeper knowledge of an industry/sector and keep up to date with the marketplace in which it operates.

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Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills

Your ability to apply logical thinking, break down complex problems into manageable components objectively, and make a reasoned judgement by evaluating information.

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Your ability to inspire, motivate, and enable others to work together, often to achieve a common goal and the effectiveness of an organisation or group.

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Resilience and Drive

The ability to respond to pressure and recover from setbacks and difficult situations by demonstrating and working towards new goals.

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Written and Verbal Communication

Your ability to convey your thoughts and ideas in writing, orally or electronically, whilst also being able to listen intently to others.

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Your ability to adjust to new environments and conditions, and your role in the situation.

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Decision Making

Your ability to look at choices and identify a decision by weighing up the positives and negatives of each option and considering all alternatives.

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The ability to turn original ideas into reality often by perceiving situations in new ways, finding hidden patterns and making new connections.

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Digital Skills

The knowledge and ability to access and manage information from a variety of digital sources and to appropriately use a range of digital tools.