More people are choosing to study at university than ever before. Whether you stay with us for a PhD or jump in to the jobs market after you graduate, you are certain to face stiff competition from other well-qualified candidates. A good degree classification will get your application read, but you’ll need more than that to stand out from the crowd.
A long list of extra-curricular activities on your CV can be useful in that respect, but there’s no need to panic if you spent all your time in lectures, labs and the library - it’s far more important that you are able to identify how the experiences you did have at university made you a stronger, wiser and more capable individual.
All of the major graduate employers look for very similar qualities in prospective employees: they want proof that you can solve problems, adapt to new situations, think independently, work well in a team and communicate your ideas effectively. But it can be hard at first to make connections between the day-to-day experience of being a student and the tasks you’ll be expected to perform in a workplace.
Our graduate attributes matrix is specifically designed to draw your attention to how the same core attributes are valued and developed across academic, social and professional settings. With a little thought, you’ll see that almost everything you’ve done at University has helped you to become not only a stronger student, but a more desirable graduate employee as well.
Spend a little time thinking about the different ways in which you’ve developed your own graduate attributes during your time here – you might be surprised to find how much you have to talk about in applications and interviews.