Your willingness to understand a variety of viewpoints and work with others. often to achieve a common aim.
Explore your understanding
Sharing ideas and taking on responsibility are all part of a collaborative approach to completing a task. Being able to work alongside others, being flexible, delegating, sharing ideas and adapting to new information are all key aspects of teamwork skills. Understanding more about how you operate in a team situation, and what your role might be within the team, can help you achieve your goal.
You will find that your work and how you work with others can also contribute to the overall goals of a common aim.
Find and develop your skill
Where can you improve your teamwork skills at UCL?
There is a lot of support here to help you develop this skill!
- Employer–led Skills Session:
Attend a Employer-led Skills session on Teamwork where you hear directly from employers about how to develop this skill. You could also try coming to a Mock Assessment Centre where you can practice solving problems and working on case studies in a team to gain experience on what it is like to work with others to achieve a common goal.Visit myUCLCareers for upcoming events.
Innovation and Enterprise:
Work alongside others while learning how businesses operate. Get hands on practicial teamwork skills experience by attending the 1 day Imagine: Business idea generation boot camp where you will be able to understand more about the value of a good team and evaluate your own personal strengths.
Students' Union UCL:
Be part of a club or society within the Students’ Union and further develop your teamwork skills. Take on a role within a committee and contribute to the operations and success of the wider group. The Students Union also offer a variety of skills sessions such as ‘Successful Team Working’.
Join thousands of students who volunteer their time every year. Learn more about working with others that share common aims.
Information Systems Division (ISD) Digital Skills Development:
Attend a trainer-led session or take part in an online course to learn a new skill.
Centre for Languages & International Education:
Learn a language and make connections with others within the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE). Try an evening language class or a summer course.
Become a programme mentor, or an ambassador with the UCL Widening Participation Office. Develop your teamwork skills and working with different audiences. UCL students who are involved in WP activities receive appropriate training and gain experience of working with young people.
Student Disbability Services:
The UCL Student Disability Service offers a range of skill development opportunities for disabled students tailored to individual requirements.
The UCL Doc Skills Programme is open to all postgraduate researchers at UCL. Here you will be able to expand and develop your teamwork skills. You’ll find more information on all of the courses available on our website.
Prepare your examples
Most employers look for evidence of team working during the selection process. You may be asked to demonstrate your teamwork skills in an assessment activity including your ability to work with others, how you solve problems as group or what you have learned from working within a team.
Employers may be interested in roles that you adopt such as leader, time keeper, researcher.
Also during an interview you may be asked to describe a situation where you have been part of a team.
Prepare examples of where you have worked well with others. Think of what your strengths might be.
What did you like about working in a group?
What did you learn from a particular situation involving others?
What roles have you adopted within a team? Can you describe what you learnt?
Need some support on how to structure your answer relating to teamwork for an interview?
Visit our Interview Skills page.
Here you can find out more about how to structure your answer and demonstrate your skills along with many more resources that will help you prepare
If you have written a draft application for any type of opportunity, our team can provide personalised practical tips and advice to help you better understand how recruiters will shortlist your application, and how you can best demonstrate your motivation and your most relevant skills / experience.