Are you set to finish University this year? If so, you’re probably starting to think about perfecting your CV and ensuring it’s full of the key skills and experience that’s going to impress employers.
For most university leavers, focussing on the skills you’ve gained during your studies is extremely important, mostly because at this stage, you don’t have as much experience to talk about.
Of course, if you’ve done a degree apprenticeship, you’re in a fortunate position as you do have experience to include on your CV. And, you can complement this by talking about any additional skills you can bring to your next role.
With this in mind, below are just some of the key skills you gain at university that you can include on your CV!
Managed to balance your studies with work and a social life? Great! Your organisation skills should be on point. Employers want to hire individuals who can juggle multiple tasks at once and have a smile on their face while doing it.
That’s why organisation is a key skill to shout about on your CV. But don’t just state it as a fact. Pull in examples from your time at University to bring it to life.
Perhaps you had a big assignment to finish, but were also taking on new responsibilities at work? Maybe this required you to plan your time effectively in order to get the job done.
However you phrase it, this is a great skill to master if you want to get ahead in the workplace.
In any job, you’ll have to work with other people. It’s very rare that you’d work entirely on your own and because of this, great teamwork skills are highly sought after by employers.
The great news is that you will have perfected this skill during your time as a degree apprentice. Whether it’s working with your fellow classmates on a group project, or completing tasks as a team in your apprenticeship.
Again, make sure you pull in examples. This will help the employer to recognise the part you play in a team and how you’ll potentially fit in within their business.
Also, shout about the results you achieved through your teamwork. Perhaps you were awarded a high grade, or a customer was particularly happy with what you’d done.
Another key skill that you’ll gain at university is presenting. For most of us, the thought of getting up and speaking in front of a crowd can be an extremely daunting affair. But for others, it comes naturally!
Either way, it’s a great skill to have. Being able to get your point across succinctly and persuasively is something that employers value. Particularly when it comes to winning over new customers.
While this one isn’t so obvious, patience is another key skill that you may develop during your time at University. Just think of those times where you’ve been up late trying to finish an assignment, only to be interrupted by your drunken housemate coming in from a night out!
Of course, you wouldn’t reference that example on your CV. But you can use this skill to showcase your ability to remain calm under pressure.
Patience is key as you’ll interact with all sorts of people at work. Some of whom you may not get along with, or particularly like. It’s just a part of work and you need to remain professional and stay calm, focussing on the task in hand.
At the same time, you may have to deal with difficult customers or suppliers. When conversations get heated, the ability to remain patient can really set you apart from the rest.
The ability to keep yourself motivated during your studies and work as an apprentice is extremely desirable. Employers look to hire people who want to work hard and do a great job. They want people that can crack on no matter what the situation.
So, the fact that you’ve even completed a degree apprenticeship will be impressive. It shows that not only can you motivate yourself to get up every morning and go to work, but you can also spend time completing your assignments. All while maintain a personal life!
Include these key skills on your CV
Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list. But, it’s important to consider the skills you can shout about on your CV. After all, employers want to know what you’ve learnt so far in your working life and what you can bring to the role they’re recruiting for.
So, spend some time going through your experience and match this up with the requirements for the job you’re applying to next. With a little bit of effort, you should put together a winning CV that will grab the attention of the reader. Good luck!