Back when I was at university, I had no idea how the knowledge from my Psychology degree was going to help me get a job. I knew that I didn’t want to go into a psychology based career, but I was unsure what transferable skills I was developing from my degree; and how these skills could help me into employment after I graduated.
It was these problems that led my co-founder and I to develop Occumi. A tool that helps students to identify and understand the transferable skills that they have developed from their educational qualifications and work experience.
At the end of the day, many of us go to university in order to improve our chances of eventually getting a job after we graduate. However, with more and more young people choosing to study for degrees, it’s more important than ever to get the most out of your university experience. Being a student offers you a great opportunity to develop skills that you have never had the opportunity to develop.
With the pace of change in the workplace making old jobs disappear and creating brand new jobs that have never before existed, many employers are putting more focus on transferable skills.
But don’t just take my word for it. Research has found that Employers are now putting a greater impetus on students showing that they have developed other skills whilst at university, relating to skills that can realistically be transferred to the workplace (Donald et al. 2018). Furthermore, a report from multinational corporation Infosys (2016) went as far as to describe transferable skills as a ‘universal priority’.
This desire for transferable skills makes it even more important to make the most of your university experience. Aside from essays, exams, revision, and university nights out; there are loads of opportunities for students to get the most out of their time at university, many of which will allow you to develop and practice a range of transferable skills that employers will love.
There are so many things that you can get involved with at university that will help you to stand out to employers.
Understandably, many students may look at the types of opportunities I mentioned in the list and think that they do not have time to commit to any of the above on top of the workload from their course among other things. But fear not, when it comes to developing skills that employers will value every little helps. Here are some more ideas that may not take as much time.
Whatever you do during your time at university, make sure you make the most of it. As you will know, university is expensive, so it’s important to get as much out of it as possible!
Look out for Occumi at your university. Occumi helps students to identify, understand and articulate the transferable skills that they have developed over the course of their education and work experience. Coming to universities 2019/20 academic year!
This article was written by Josh Clarke. Check him out on LinkedIn!
Donald W, Ashleigh M, Baruch Y. Students’ perceptions of education and employability. Career Development International. 2018;23(5):513-540
Infosys. Amplifying Human Potential: Education and Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution [Internet]. 2016 p. 13. Available from: http://images.experienceinfosys.com/Web/Infosys/%7B8adf71d4-ce0c-48e1-829983e1dbd8c0c4%7D_Infosys-Amplifying-Human-Potentialnew.pdf?elqTrackId=dd2dc4dfc43b432683b7b3b80355353a&elqaid=1049&elqat=2
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