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Developing your skills further

We provide many opportunities to improve your employability beyond your course. Taking part in a range of activities can help you to build your skills, decide on a future path, and provide employers with evidence of your suitability for a job. Employers tell us that they want to see students who have thrown themselves into life and made the most of their time at university, and the University of Worcester will give you the chance to show future employers the full range of your experiences. To demonstrate its commitment to this, the University scholarship scheme offers a bursary to take part in a range of activities such as community based volunteering or arts and sports related, and Sports Scholarships are on offer in hockey, basketball and cricket in partnership with local top clubs.  

In an increasingly competitive jobs market, employers will look for qualities which will set apart one applicant from the others.  If you have been on an overseas exchange, you will be perceived as having useful transferable skills as well as broad horizons and an adaptable approach to life and work. We have Erasmus agreement with a range of European countries and you could study abroad for a semester. There is also a semester abroad in the United States. Our Language Centre can help you build up your skills prior to your exchange with modules being offered in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. These modules cater for complete beginners in the language and for people who have some prior knowledge, but want to develop their skills further. The classes are lively and equip students with real-life communication skills.

Further opportunities to develop crucial skills and experience are available through the Students’ Union. There are promoted through the Info-fair in Induction Week where opportunities are given to students to sign up to local community initiatives or get involved in our volunteering week. Opportunities on campus include writing the student newspaper “The Voice” or getting involved in student societies that work with the community such as “Sunday Sport”, “Kids Club”, “RAG” and the drama production of “LOCO Show Co”.

Other opportunities to develop your communication, organisation and leadership skills can be explored through the Students' Union by active membership of societies or by becoming a course representative.

Bright Futures is a student society whose aim is to give students a competitive edge in the job market.  Whether you know what career is right for you or not, by being actively involved in the society at your university you can meet, in an informal setting, a wide range of employers to explore your options AND really develop the skills you need to successfully compete for the job you want – be that an internship or graduate role.