5 Skills That All Your Future Employers Will Be Looking For

You’re in the process of building up the knowledge needed to carry out your future job. While it’s essential to have a good understanding of the academic concepts behind your work (which you’ll be able to demonstrate with the shiny certificate that gets handed to you at the end of your degree), there are numerous practical skills that all employers are always on the lookout for.

These skills aren’t necessarily things that you’ll pick up in uni (although some of them are), so it’s a good idea to find extracurricular ways of demonstrating your ability.

  1. Teamwork

Unless you’re going straight into a freelance position, it’s highly unlikely that you’re not going to come into contact with the other employees in your future job. Whether you choose to join a small company or a large one, you’ll be working with staff in various departments on various tasks, and you need to demonstrate to your employer that you’ve got what it takes to work with others.

There are a few ways that you can demonstrate your teamwork mindset to your potential employer. Place emphasis on any group projects that you’ve undergone throughout your degree, and highlight points in the process where you listened to the advice of others or took control of the group, because your employer will want to know how well you actually work with other people.

If you haven’t carried out any group projects in uni, you can draw attention to extracurricular activities that highlight your ability to work in a team. This can be anything from team sports to playing in a band – anything that outlines your ability to work alongside others.

  1. Organisation

Throughout your studies, you’ll start to build a good understanding of what it’s like working to deadlines. When you eventually enter the world of work, your employer will usually expect you to stick rigidly to the deadlines that you are set – it could be that the work you do is time-sensitive, or another employee’s job is reliant on you completing your part on time.

For this reason it’s important that you demonstrate to your employer that you’re organised enough to meet these deadlines. A good way to do this is to highlight how you managed your time throughout your degree, and how this then led to your success at an academic level.

Another way to illustrate your ability to organise yourself is to take up relevant side-projects while you study. Not only does this demonstrate a level of enthusiasm for the role, but it also shows your employer that you have the ability to manage your time properly, while balancing various projects at once.

  1. Communication

Communication is an essential skill to master, regardless of the career that you choose to go into. Wherever you work, you’ll have to communicate with others, whether it’s your colleagues, your boss, or your clients: you’ll have to explain (sometimes difficult) concepts to other people.

You’ll have to communicate with people both verbally and in writing, so it’s important that you demonstrate that you’ve got the ability to piece together clear and structured arguments. Fortunately, your university will give you plenty of opportunities to prove yourself as a great communicator, and you can use this to your advantage in interviews.

Explain to your potential employer how you’ve communicated concepts through presentations, and how you’ve produced verbal arguments in your essay writing. Pair this with any extracurricular activities such as online blogging, then present yourself with confidence, and the employer should snap you up.

  1. Leadership

It’s always good to keep in mind that your potential employer doesn’t want to hire staff who are going to stay at the bottom of the ladder. They want to hire people who will develop and become assets to their organisation, and an important element of this – for you – is assuming further responsibilities as the job role progresses.

As your career progresses you’ll be expected to take control of certain situations, and possibly even lead others in the role that you were previously doing. For this reason, employers are on the lookout for people with strong leadership skills, even if the role doesn’t directly require you to lead others.

If you need to demonstrate leadership skills in an interview (which you will), you can use any group-work that you might have done in uni to your advantage, highlighting how you took an authoritative role in the project and assessed the skills of your group to produce the most effective results – remember, results-driven answers will impress your employer.

5. Self-Discipline

Even if your potential employer offers a great training scheme, they still don’t want to have to hold your hand throughout the process. They will be there to support you, but they need to know that you’ll be able to take the initiative to carry out work on your own as well. For this reason, it’s key that you demonstrate that you can show self-discipline, learn new concepts, and take control of your own time.

When you’re in uni, you’re probably used to rolling out of bed late in the afternoon, making yourself some toast and then heading off to your lecture, but your employer needs to know that you’ve got the self-discipline to get out of bed in the morning and make it into work on time.

You can demonstrate self-discipline by explaining to your potential employer how you managed your time through the busy exam period in uni, balanced any side projects while you studied, and managed to hold down a part-time job throughout your studies.

Learn How to Develop Your Skills Beyond Uni

Permanent employment might seem like it’s a long way off at the minute, but it’s always good to give yourself a head start, especially when it comes to your future career. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, take a look at our blog for tips on student life and much more.

World Sleep Day 2018

World Sleep Day Infographic

If World Sleep Day isn’t something to celebrate, then we don’t know what is. Here at The Student Housing Company, we know that your sleep is super important.

In a recent survey, two out of three students reported that they get under 7-9 hours per night, with a quarter regularly getting fewer than five hours.

Furthermore, two of the greatest contributors to poor sleep in students were reported to be digital distractions and stress, with half admitting that their long-term sleeping patterns were worse around exam times.

Students are under so much pressure to eat well, exercise, attend lectures, get the grades, make lifelong friends and have fun, that sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get the recommended 7-9 hours sleep to function as the optimal human beings we all want to be.

World Sleep Day forces us all to reconsider our sleeping habits and not shy away from those extra Zzzs.

And unless you’ve all been asleep for the last week (lucky you), you will probably know that 16th March was World Sleep Day. All of our sites got their heads down for World Sleep Day and came up with some fantastic ways to each do their own bit…

Brae House

Help the homeess Brae

For National Sleep Awareness Week the team at Brae House wanted to do something a little different. They provided their residents with sleeping tips, sleep masks and sleepy tea to help improve their sleep. They also asked the students to volunteer and improve the sleep of the community.

With volunteers in hand, they set out to the city centre with warm sleeping bags to give to the homeless. They were joined by Destiny Church Edinburgh who regularly go out to help and they knew most of the homeless met that day.

During the walk, the Brae House team learned how we can get more involved in helping our community and how even the smallest gestures make a difference, but the most rewarding part of the day was getting to talk to the people on the streets, to know about their experiences or just have a chat and a laugh. All of them were grateful for the sleeping bags, but they also enjoyed meeting and chatting with the team. Their positive outlook on life touched the team’s hearts: they talked, joked, even sang and shared hot chocolates, which according to one of the guys they met, Kev, “are the best – with cream and few marshmallows on top.”

The team returned to Brae full of joy and hope that life will get better, but also with a bigger desire to help make that happen. They have decided to continue going out and helping the community in whatever way they can! After all, just a smile or a hot drink can brighten someone’s day. The team hope that the sleeping bags they gave will help the homeless sleep better in the streets in of Edinburgh.

Having worked with Destiny Angels on the Christmas Hamper appeal and now with helping the homeless community, Brae House have plans to do further work to bring students, the community and the church together!

Cable Street

World Sleep-Day

 

In aid of World Sleep Day, Cable Street in Lancaster gave away goodie bags with sleepy teas and eye masks and some advice for getting a good night’s sleep.

Arofan House

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As well as providing their students with a wellbeing pack filled with lavender, tea and tips on how to get the best night’s sleep, Arofan House in Cardiff also set up a sleep station in the common room!

For more tips on how you can stay healthy at university, why not check out our Student Health Guide?

What Are the Most Popular Undergrad Degrees in the UK?

Despite some of the more weird and wonderful course options available to students these days, the usual suspects are still top of the leaderboard. Thanks to earning-potential and the range of career options provided by each, it’s unlikely that these degrees will be going out fashion anytime soon. If you haven’t made a final decision about which course to apply for, this article will give you a good overview of what everyone else is choosing – we’ll bet that you know at least one person studying one of these subjects.

Medicine

Why it’s popular: Medicine has always been a popular choice when it comes to undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s a personal calling or a calculated choice based on the graduate salary, the course always has a spot near the top of degree rankings. Despite the length of time it takes to gain the degree, it remains a sought-after choice, with the option to specialise later down the line.

Where to study: Cambridge, Oxford, Queen Mary

Tips for applying: Medicine is a highly competitive field, and you’ll need excellent grades in the sciences and maths as a bare minimum.

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