Skills Academy Student

Are you looking for work? Want to polish up your skills in preparation for an increasingly competitive graduate labour market?

The Skills Academy is a series of seminars designed and delivered by both external industry experts and internal speakers who are investing their time to help you to make the most of your skills and prepare you for the jobs market.

Whether you are looking for part time work, internships or graduate level work, these seminars will equip you with the right knowledge and training to help boost your employability.

There are a number of exciting and inspiring seminars and workshops this year and you can choose to attend any you like

These events are very popular, so we recommend booking your place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for the Skills Academy on receipt of the final evaluation after the events.

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You can choose any or all of the seminars below:

  • Alternative Job Hunting

Tuesday 27th May – 10am to 12pm – M207 Marylebone.

Learn successful strategies and non-traditional approaches. Re-assess your plan for finding work.

  • Networking Skills

Tuesday 27th May – 12pm to 2pm – C2.07   115 New Cavendish St

This interactive session will help you to learn about the benefits of networking, develop your networking skills, address any anxieties about the process and turbo-charge your job search.

  • Job Hunting with Social Media

Tuesday 27th May – 2pm to 4pm – Regent 152 (Cayley Room)

How to use your social media and online networking skills to secure your dream job.

  • Communication & Body Language

Wednesday 28th May – 10am to 12pm – M207 Marylebone.

Find out how effective communication and body language can help you to build your professional credibility

  • Effective CVs, Covering Letters and Applications

Wednesday 28th May – 12pm to 2pm – C2.07 – 115 New Cavendish St

This seminar will cover the steps needed in order to put together a targeted and effective CV, covering letter or application form.

  • Hidden Jobs Market

Thursday 29th May – 2pm to 4pm –Pavillion, 1st Floor, 115 New Cavendish St

Fact: Approx 75% of jobs are hidden! Find out how to access the ‘hidden’ sources of vacancies. Come along and re-assess your strategy for finding work.

  • Getting into Teaching

Thursday 29th May – 12pm to 2pm – RS 354 Regent St

Perhaps you are interested in teaching, but are not convinced it is something you want to do right after graduation or for your entire career. Learn about routes into teaching and the university’s work experience in schools scheme.

  • Mindfulness

Thursday 29th May – 2pm to 4pm – RS152 (Cayley Room) – Regent St

Through meditation and reflective practice, individuals can increase their self-awareness and natural observation skills. This event is aimed at equipping each participant with their own sustainable Mindfulness development programme.

  • IBM Innovation Workshop

Friday 30th May – 10am to 1pm – C2.14 – 115 New Cavendish St

The 3-hour workshops encourage teamworking, communication and quick thinking to work towards an innovative solution in a highly interactive environment. The focus of these workshops are on technology-enabled innovation, but you don’t need to be a Java developer to get involved!

Delivered by Aino Kivinen, IBM Global Business Services

  • Microsoft Specialist Certification  Intro- Excel

Friday 30th May 2pm to 4pm – B10 (IT LAB) – Marylebone

Excel is a much needed IT skill especially in Finance and Accountancy jobs, so why not gain an accredited certificate from Microsoft for free at the University of Westminster

  • Successful Interview Techniques

Friday 30th May – 3.30pm to 5.30pm – M321 – Marylebone

This seminar will cover the preparation, skills and techniques needed for achieving success in job interviews. (Delivered by Lewis Clarke – Director, Get Work Experience Ltd)

  • International students working rights and visa information

Monday 2nd June – 10am to 12pm – RS354 – Regent St

Join the International Student Advice team and find out the essential information about your working rights during your university studies, including rules on part time work, internships and graduate work.

  • Benefits of Mentoring for your career

Monday 2nd June – 12pm to 2pm – M207 Marylebone.

Mentoring is a powerful personal development and empowerment tool and an effective way to progress your career. Learn how to make the most of mentoring and the programmes you can join at Westminster.

  • What does your personality reveal about you?

Monday 2nd June – 2pm to 4pm –RS152 (Cayley Room) – Regent St

Discover your unique personality by taking a test based on the Myers-Briggs type indicator and reflect on how this might affect your job satisfaction.

  • CIMA  Mock Assessment Centre Group Exercise

Tuesday 3rd June – 10am to 12pm – LA103 Luxbourough Building – Marylebone

CIMA are holding an event designed to give you the experience of a real assessment centre with feedback. (Delivered by UK Student Recruitment Manager, Jason Nye)

  • Commercial Awareness

Tuesday 3rd June – 12pm to 2pm – C2.07 – 115 New Cavendish St

Explore why employers value graduates with commercial awareness, how you can demonstrate it in your applications and gain tips on how to develop your commercial awareness. Come along and improve your employment chances!

  • Writing Skills for the World of Work

Tuesday 3rd June – 2pm to 4pm – Regent 152 (Cayley Room)

Join the Academic Learning Advisor to learn about academic writing skills for employment, technical aspects of writing, accuracy and critical analysis.

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Consultancy

Wednesday 4th June – 10am to 12pm – M207 Marylebone

Tips on how to run your own consultancy, introduced by Robin Walker, a freelance business consultant with many years experience as a banker, small business owner and consultant

  • How to promote yourself to employers as an International Student

Wednesday 4th June – 1pm to 3pm – Harrow – A7.03

Are you an international student struggling on marketing yourself to employers and finding a job? Come and learn tips on finding jobs

  • Self Awareness

Wednesday 4th June – 2pm to 4pm – M212 – Marylebone

This workshop will show you the hidden qualities that employers are looking for but will never ask about directly. It will help you to differentiate yourself from all the other applicants with whom you are competing; in an articulate, persuasive and authentic manner that effectively communicates your ability, value and confidence.   Dene Stewart has over 30 years commercial, leadership and management experience and most notably worked as Advertisement Director at The Daily Mirror where he worked with the charismatic Piers Morgan. Dene is a licensed behavioural analyst, an a SFEDI accredited enterprise mentor and author of first book  ResourcefulMe

  •  Effective CVs, Covering Letters and Applications

Wednesday 4th June – 2pm to 4pm – RS354 – Regent St

Ever wondered why you didn’t get short listed for that job application? Employers today are overwhelmed with candidates and this seminar will cover the steps needed in order to put together a targeted and effective CV, covering letter or application form.

  • How to boost your employability with a Part time job

Thursday 5th June – 10am to 12pm – C2.14 115 Cavendish Street

Part-time work offers you a glimpse into the working world and a selection of skills which give employers more reason to pay attention to your application. Find out tips on getting part time work and hear about the University’s part time jobs scheme – ‘The Talent Bank’ (recruiting now)

  • Leadership Skills (The Drucker Society)

Thursday 5th June – 12.30pm to 3.30pm – M303 – Marylebone

The latest CBI business survey reveals that 78% employers say the most important factor to weigh up is ‘attitude to work’. Based on Peter Drucker’s robust methods, the interactive workshop will introduce you to practical leadership principles that will help improve your employability by taking responsibility for yourself and by leading projects with confidence. Presented by Fran Kruc, Operations Director.

  • Employability for Mature Students  

Thursday 5th June – 2pm to 4pm – C1.04 – 115 New Cavendish St

Interested in finding out how you can compete effectively as a mature student in a challenging graduate recruitment market? Find out how  you can compete effectively as a mature student in a challenging graduate recruitment market.

  • IBM Innovation Workshop

Friday 6th June – 10am to 1pm – M212 – Marylebone

Repeat workshop: Join this IBM interactive session where students have the opportunity to put their creative hats on and work in teams to come up with an innovative idea, which is presented back to a panel of judges.

Delivered by Aino Kivinen, IBM Global Business Services

  • Successful Interview Preparation

Friday 6th June – 10am to 12pm – C2.14, 115 New Cavendish St

This seminar will focus on the preparation, followed by the skills and techniques needed for achieving success in job interviews.

  • Public Speaking for Impact and Results

Friday 6th June – 2pm to 4pm – Regent152 (Cayley Room)

Being able to communicate and present effectively is the most important of all life skills. This Speakers Trust interactive workshop will give you tips and techniques for speaking with confidence for business presentations to personal interaction.


Booking Information

If you wish to attend any of the above seminars run in the Skills Academy, booking information can be found on our Vacancies and Events Booking system at: (click on prospects net and then View and Book Events and Quick Query Sessions under What’s on)

For further questions or if you have any difficulties accessing the online information please email: or call 020 7911 5184

All sessions will start promptly, so please ensure that you arrive ten minutes early to avoid disruption.


  • Dear, Westminster

    I am interested in these schemes for finding experience as I do want a part time job.

    However, they are fully booked do you have any other sessions for CV’S covering letters.

    I will be looking forward to your reply I am a final year student.

    My ID NO is w1338877/1

    Kind regards

    Aisha Zafar

  • Dear Aisha,

    Unfortunately the event is fully booked however we increased the number of participants, so if you try and book now you should be able to book on.

    Kind regards,

    Career Development Centre

  • Hello,

    I am planning to attend all the seminars, but I see that they are all located in different places. For example, the first one ends at 12pm at Marylebone, and the next begins at 12pm at New Cavendish St. Will we be allowed to enter a little bit later, or will there be any time allowed to commute?

  • Dear Westminter,

    I have been trying to book myself for these sessions from last 10 days but every time it shows server error . I am doing LLM in international and commercial dispute resolution.

    Looking forward for your reply as I am very much interested.

    My ID NO is w1471108/81

    Kindest Regards Deshna Jain.

  • Hi,
    The hidden job market is fully booked. Is there perhaps any chance of expanding participants. I do not get many opportunities to attend such events.
    Kind regards

  • Dear Paulina,

    The sessions will start at the advertised time however I am sure you will be allowed in if you are a little late.


    Career Development Centre

  • Dear Deshna,

    Please call the information team on 0207 911 5184, who should be able to help.

    Kind regards,

    Career Development Centre

  • Dear Sultana,

    We have extended the booking with an additional 5 places, please try and book again via the events system.

    Kind regards,

    Career Development Centre

  • Dear Westminster,

    I would like to attend the Microsoft Specialist Certification Intro- Excel as it would greatly benefit me. As it is fully booked at the moment, is it possible to extend the number of places?

    Kind regards,


  • Dear westminster, I am interested in attending the one day training for Excel and word. I would like to know when the next ‘skills academy’ or one day training would be holding. Kind regards, Vivian.

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