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How important are soft skills for employability?

We recently talked about how you can boost your employability while still at university – one way you can do this is by developing and honing your soft skills.

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What are soft skills?

Whereas ‘hard skills’ is used to describe demonstrable job-specific skills – such as the ability to code in PHP – ‘soft skills’ are more indicative of character traits, people skills and emotional intelligence. Specific hard skills can be gained through courses or training, but soft skills are more likely to develop in a different way – for example through working in a team. Soft skills are also transferable across a wide variety of careers, you may not need to be fluent in Portuguese for some roles, but it’s likely you will need to be a good communicator or be able to work in a team.

Which soft skills are key?

Communication 📢
Often topping lists of soft skills as being the most important is the ability to communicate. This means that you are able to express yourself well, this could be written form or orally, in a meeting or presentation for example. Communication is a core part of functioning well as part of team – which takes us on to…

Teamwork 👍
In most jobs you will have to work in a team at some point. Whether it’s working together to get a product to market, or creating an important pitch to an investor, teamwork is often an invaluable way to stimulate creativity.  

Time management 🕒
Let’s face it, 9am lectures aren’t a favourite among students, but in the world of work, being punctual is highly important. Time management doesn’t just mean showing up to work on time, but also being able to keep on top of deadlines and often juggling competing tasks.

How can you demonstrate your soft skills?

Unlike hard skills you can’t complete an exam or a piece of coursework to prove that you are proficient in a soft skill. Instead, studying modules and taking part in activities that develop these skills is a great way to demonstrate to an employer your soft skills. Perhaps you’ve delivered a group presentation as part of a university module – this develops your skills in teamworking and presentation. Partaking in volunteer work can help you hone communication and time management skills. Be sure to keep on all the ways you might be building these skills during your time at university!

Don’t forget, you can list your soft skills on your Gradintelligence profile to let employers know which areas you excel in!

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Fantastic opportunity for an Engineering student or graduate with RDM!

About RDM

Founded in 1988, RDM Electrical and Mechanical Services was set up to provide rdmlogocustom-made engineering solutions for the ever growing UK market. Since its launch twenty-seven years ago, the company has grown to become one of the most prominent in the industry; gaining an exceptional standing for working closely with our clients and delivering bespoke and customer-focused solutions.

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About the role

Job Title: Project Manager Assistant

Location: Swansea

Salary: £25,000-£27,500 (dependent on experience)

This is a fantastic opportunity for a recent Electrical/Mechanical/General Engineering graduate, or a student on a relevant programme seeking a 12-month work placement, to get hands-on experience in the engineering field within a rapidly growing and innovative building services company.

The role will initially involve assisting the Company’s Project Manager of the Swansea Bay Project; delivering electrical and mechanical services to the student accommodation and support offices of the new Swansea University Bay Campus.

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Image source: swansea.ac.uk

The role in based on a construction site and flexibility and resilience are a must.
Candidates don’t need to have previous experience but must be hardworking, self-motivated, willing to take instruction and be keen to learn and progress.

Required skills:

  • IT skills including to use all MS Office software
  • Ability to read and interpret technical drawings and documents
  • Project management skills are an advantage

If you’ve been tagged…

If you’ve been tagged for this opportunity, apply directly through your Gradintelligence account!

If you’re a student or recent graduate and have not been given a gradintel.com account through your university, you don’t have to worry about missing out on great opportunities like this one. Sign up for an account here, start building your profile, and be discovered.

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Kick-starting your employability while at uni 🎓

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University certainly affects your employability, but maybe not in the way you might think. Whilst the teaching is clearly important – even those lectures at 9am on a Monday morning! – other aspects of uni can be vital in finding you a job after you graduate. A recent survey found that 36% of the UK’s most recent graduates kick-start their careers as soon as they get to university. The survey, of over 1000 graduates, found that students spend an average of four hours per week, alongside their degree courses, working on boosting their employability. One in twelve students spend 10+ hours a week!

But how are they doing it?

  • Attending networking events to build some contacts and get tips from successful careerspeople at conferences and other events
  • Setting up their own business alongside studying
  • Using their online presence and digital savvy to promote themselves on the web and emphasise their key skills and accomplishments – either through a personal website or their LinkedIn profile
  • Learning new skills from extra-curricular courses, such as languages or coding
  • Gaining experience by taking up positions in societies
  • Developing their soft skills in areas like teamwork, communication and time management

Why are today’s students going the extra mile?

The study found that economic pressures from increased tuition fees is spurring students on to take their employability seriously whilst studying. 52% said they felt the need to stand out because of a job market that is becoming increasingly competitive. CEO of Nominet, Russell Haworth commented on this trend:

The student experience has changed. Not only is university more expensive, but the job market is highly competitive. It’s not enough to tell a future employer why you should get the job – you’ve got to show them.

Today’s students are taking control of their online identity by setting up websites to set them apart from the competition and creatively showcase to prospective employers their different skills and passions – from amateur photography, to club promotion, through to tutoring. Young people naturally share their experiences on social media sites like Instagram and Snapchat, now they’re applying that practice to the world of work.

So if you are heading back to university in the coming weeks, give some of these suggestions a go to boost your employability.


Students and graduates use their Gradintelligence profile to be discovered for opportunities for employment or further study. Sign up or log in today at www.gradintel.com and be sure to add any extra-curricular skills and employability-boosting experiences to your profile!

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Graduate Choices: MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University

Graduate Choices

Have you thought about doing further study? Whether you are just about to graduate, or wanting to go back into education after some time away, there are many benefits to doing postgraduate study. It makes you more likely to get a job, and can increase your potential salary too!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting a range of engaging and diverse courses being offered by our university partners. If you’re interested in any of them, please get in touch with us at customerservices@gradintel.com or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.

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Mode: Full-time or part-time
Duration: 12-18 months full-time
Start date: September and January

This course is for computing, science and technology graduates who want to qualify to work as an electronic or electrical engineer – a globally recognised profession with a shortage of qualified practitioners in the UK.

Course description

On this course you gain the knowledge the skills you need to work as an engineer, building on your existing degree in science or technology.

A rewarding career
Engineers apply scientific and technological principles to solve problems in a creative way. It’s a well-paid and rewarding career that is constantly changing with new developments in technology. And with a shortage of electrical and electronic engineers in the UK, your skills will be in demand.

Electrical engineers are at the forefront of many innovations in the way we live and work today. They design, produce and install systems which power and control a range of products and digital communications.

What you study
You can follow your interests to create the right programme of study for you. Initially, you take two modules in engineering principles. Then, with guidance from your course leader, you select from a range of technical modules covering topics including electrical and control engineering and electronic systems.

In addition to your technical modules, you also take an engineering management subject and participate in a multidisciplinary product development project with MSc students from a range of engineering specialisms. You develop an understanding of how engineering projects work and how they relate to the commercial world, as well as becoming part of our engineering community and learning to think like an engineer.

One third of your study will be an individual project and dissertation. You specialise in a technical area of your interest and carry out your own in-depth investigation into a particular problem. Where possible, this will be an industry-related problem.

Expertise
Many of our academic staff are actively involved in research. Examples of recent projects include • developing equipment to monitor the bone mineral density of young children for Sheffield Children’s Hospital • developing palm-sized robots to enable firefighters to safely enter and negotiate hazards in burning buildings.


If you’re interested in this opportunity, or others like it, please get in touch with us at customerservices@gradintel.com or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.

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Graduate Choices: MSc Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security at Abertay University

Graduate Choices

Have you thought about doing further study? Whether you are just about to graduate, or wanting to go back into education after some time away, there are many benefits to doing postgraduate study. It makes you more likely to get a job, and can increase your potential salary too!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting a range of engaging and diverse courses being offered by our university partners. If you’re interested in any of them, please get in touch with us at customerservices@gradintel.com or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.

Abertay

Mode: Full-time
Duration: One year
Start date: September

This postgraduate course builds on your existing graduate skills by providing detailed knowledge of electronic attacks and how to defend against the methods used to gain access and exploit a system.

Why choose this course?

  • Abertay is the only university in the UK that offers a Masters programme in Ethical Hacking.
  • It provides the core skills to allow you to take positions in a variety of companies where computer security is a major issue.
  • Graduates will be at the forefront of new developments in security.
  • Benefit from an active teaching group with a growing reputation based on industry links and Knowledge Transfer projects.
  • It is delivered in a project based, entrepreneurial and enterprise culture.

Our students are passionate about their subject area and developing their knowledge. Ethical Hacking is the process of evaluating the security of a computer system by simulating an attack by a malicious hacker. The course is designed to teach students how to think like a hacker, providing them with a deep understanding of security issues and concerns.

We aim to change the way you think. We encourage lively debates about pertinent ethical and security issues. Students develop the hacker mindset, determined to ‘do their bit’ to improve security in the world of Computing.

What our students say about this course

“This is a great course and is everything I expected it to be. I came from a traditional computing background; programming, networks and the normal stuff, but I wanted to do some sort of course that would set me out from the crowd and greatly improve my job prospects.

“I’ve always been interested in computer security and hacking but was disappointed that it wasn’t really covered in my undergraduate degree. I was taught how to be a programmer, but didn’t really know how to write secure programs, or why that was important. This course covers everything that I think I’ll need to get a job, and most importantly, a job I’ll love!”

Your future

There is an emerging job market for ethical hackers as companies become increasingly aware of security risks. Some large organisations employ security testers and others use contractors to audit their systems. Graduates can also set up their own companies offering ethical hacking services.

Graduates from this programme will also be able to use their existing knowledge of programming, databases, networks or web development to find employment in these fields, with a deep understanding of security issues.


If you’re interested in this opportunity, or others like it, please get in touch with us at customerservices@gradintel.com or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.

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Graduate Choices: MA Animation at Northumbria University

Graduate Choices

Have you thought about doing further study? Whether you are just about to graduate, or wanting to go back into education after some time away, there are many benefits to doing postgraduate study. It makes you more likely to get a job, and can increase your potential salary too!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting a range of engaging and diverse courses being offered by our university partners. If you’re interested in any of them, please get in touch with us at customerservices@gradintel.com or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.

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MA Animation at Northumbria University

Mode: Full-time
Duration: One year
Start date: September 2016

Want to focus on your animation and motion graphics skills that are in great demand within the film, television, computer games and new media industries?

MA Animation at Northumbria is designed to meet the needs of the animation industry, enabling you to gain high-level technical skills while encouraging you to experiment and think creatively.

You’ll study topics including animation criticism and aesthetics, animation production methods and undertake a major project, producing an animated short film, or an equivalent piece of original work to act as a calling card for your future career.

Working in a studio-based environment with the latest technology and industry standard software, you’ll engage with live and research-led briefs, preparing you for roles in the creative industries.

As a graduate you will be able to demonstrate advanced skills in contemporary animation and digital media that are in great demand within the creative industries.

Your Future

The Masters in Animation is designed to give you a firm grounding in theoretical, creative, practical and professional development. You’ll graduate with advanced ideas and skills in contemporary animation and digital media that mean you’ll be well placed for roles in the film, television, computer games and new media industries.

There are a number of employment opportunities available on graduation, such as Visual Effects (VFX) and 3D Artists at Time Based Arts and Pixel Blimp, Character Animators at Jellyfish Pictures, or Motion Designers at Framestore – all London based companies, and Arcus Studios employ graduates as animators in the North East.


If you’re interested in this opportunity, or others like it, please get in touch with us at customerservices@gradintel.com or find out more through your Gradintelligence account.

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Features Friday: Round-up

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