Skills Academy 2016

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.

You can choose any or all of the seminars below:

Writing Skills for the World of Work
Tuesday 31st May, 10-11.30am, Room 152 Cayley, Regent

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

Communication & Body Language
Tuesday 31st May, 10 – 11.45am, Room M207, Marylebone

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

Successful Interview Techniques
Tuesday 31st May, 12 noon – 2pm, Room CG28, Marylebone

Join our speaker who will cover how to prepare for an interview no matter what the format (telephone, video or face to face), types of questions and how to deal with them and common pitfalls and how to avoid them. There will be time for practice and for questions. Delivered by Natalie Hannan, Graduate Manager, Wellcome Trust, an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health, will be leading this workshop on interviewing techniques.

Don’t give up – Skills and tips to get into the Legal Sector
Tuesday 31st May, 2.30 – 4.30pm, Room 152 Cayley, Regent

Graduated or about to graduate? Struggling to get into the highly competitive and challenging field of law? Meet Jennifer Haye, an alumna of the Law School who is a practicing solicitor specialising in Child Care, Regulatory and Crime. Jennifer will be giving a motivational, inspiring but realistic talk about steps to get into a legal career.

CIMA Mock Assessment Centre Group Exercise
Wednesday 1st June, 10.00am – 12.00noon, Room CG42, 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)

Covering letters and applications
Wednesday 1st June, 2.00-4.00pm, Room UG04, Regent

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 or application form.

Leadership Skills
Wednesday 1st June, 2.30-4.30pm, Room 152-153 Cayley, Regent

Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of leadership and the qualities that make a good leader.  Compare graduate leadership, educational leadership and leadership in business. Demonstrate your own leadership potential and recognise this in others. Come along to get thinking about leadership skills, competencies and how the apply for Graduate programmes/opportunities. (Delivered by Carina Thomas, Graduate Recruitment Officer, Teach First)

Using library sources for job searching and interview research
Wednesday 1st June, 12.30- 13.30pm, Room CG42, Marylebone

Business Librarians, Ellie Murphy and Sara Goddard, show you how to use company databases to research prospective employers before that all important interview – learn how to get the edge over your competitors.

What does your personality reveal about you?
Thursday 2nd June, 10am-12noon, Room CG42, Marylebone

Discover your unique personality using methodology based on the Myers-Briggs type indicator and find out how this influences your response to different situations, your interactions with others and possible implications for your career.

Employability for Mature Students
Thursday 2nd June, 12.30 – 2.30pm, C2.07, Cavendish

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.

Thursday 2nd June, 2.00 – 4.00pm, G03 – Fyvie Hall, Regent

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. (Delivered by Interfaith Adviser, Yusuf Kaplan)

Find a Part time job – Join the University’s Talent Bank
Friday 3rd June, 10.00-11.00am, Room C2.07, Cavendish

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).

Entrepreneurship Panel
Friday 3rd June, 11.00-1.00pm, Room MG 28, Marylebone

Join our expert panel and hear the experience from both established business and student entrepreneurs, sharing their insights and challenges of their entrepreneurial journeys.   Panel members include: James Stabb, Founder / Owner & Managing Director of Stabb Commercial Contracts Ltd established in 2013. Within 2 years the business turnover has grown from 0 to £2.2m. Johnny Luk is the CEO of the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), working with entrepreneurial students across 260 UK campuses. Previously, he held roles as a Senior Policy Advisor, and Deputy Head of Strategy for Entrepreneurship in the UK Government. The final panel member joining us is Graduate Social Entrepreneur Amanda Campbell – CEO and Founder of Comp-A-Tent.

Self-Awareness – the path to long term career success
Friday 3rd June 2.00-4.00pm Room MG28, Marylebone

Organisations require more from their recruits today than ever before. The rapidly changing world created by innovation in technology means that organisations need people who are not only comfortable with but who can thrive in rapidly changing, ambiguous, uncertain, and complex environments. The skills needed are related to an individual’s way of thinking and can be described in general terms by the word mindset.  The workshop will present tried and tested thinking strategies that will help the students develop a mindset for success in today’s modern organization.  (Delivered by Dene Stewart a licensed behavioural analyst, and a SFEDI accredited enterprise mentor and author of ResourcefulMe).

IT Training: Introduction to Excel
Monday 6th June, 10.00am-12.00noon, B2 (IT LAB), Marylebone

Excel is a much needed IT skill especially in Finance and Accountancy jobs. Come and learn key fundamentals of the software including formulas and functions, sorting and filtering and charts. Find out more about how you can gain an accredited certificate from Microsoft through further free courses at the University of Westminster.

Public speaking: Communicate with confidence
Monday 6th June, 12.30-2.30pm, MG28 Marylebone

Employers want effective communicators.  Whether you’re in an interview, at a meeting or giving a presentation, you need to make an impact.  This interactive workshop will help you to structure your ideas, engage the audience and speak with confidence. (Delivered by Jennifer McKay, Jump Training and Development)

Moving on –personal finance for graduates
Monday 6th June, 3.00-4.00pm, C1.18 – Pavilion

This is a useful session for current students who graduating this year. As you prepare for employment beyond graduation, you will need to think about your personal finances and economic wellbeing.  Laura Wood, Financial Capability Adviser, will give advice on repaying your student loan, financial options while you look for work, graduate banking, understanding your credit report, effective budgeting, funding further study, and other relevant money matters.

International students TIER 1- Do you want to set up a business after graduation?
Tuesday 7th June 10.0am-12.00noon, Room MG28, Marylebone
Each year the University of Westminster sponsors a limited number of international students seeking to set up businesses in London. Elishbha Zachariah, Careers Consultant, will explain the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa in more detail and tips on making a successful application. Suitable for final year and postgraduate students seeking to start businesses in London. The deadline for the T1 visa application is August 2016 (exact date to be confirmed). Please click on the links below for further details about the scheme and application form:

IT Training: Introduction to Adobe InDesign
Tuesday 7th June, 12.00-2.00pm, B3 (IT LAB), Marylebone,

Learn about Adobe InDesign, the industry-standard publishing application for print publications to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers and books.

How to Write Effective CV’s for TV, Film, Radio and Commercial Production
Tuesday 7th June, 1.00 -2.30pm, CG42, Marylebone,

Production Base has been an industry force since 1996. They are the UK’s leading network for freelancers working in TV, Film, theatre, radio and commercial production. This is an ideal opportunity to meet the founder Joe Mahoney, who will be sharing his expertise and inside knowledge about the creative industries and how to pitch impressive CV’s to employers.

Learn about the skills the creative industries are demanding, how to identify and match your experiences and presenting a professional CV.

Be you, be on brand, on line and off line
Tuesday 7th June, 4-5.00pm, MG28, Marylebone

What goes into your personal and professional brand? What does it really say about you? We all know that personal brand matters, we all know to look our best when we go out to an interview or work but how often do we think about our branding overall?

You might think there is a difference between meeting someone face to face and online but we all know you’re the same person and this means we have to think about our branding and activities online as much as we do offline. This one hour talk will make you think about what the professional world wants to see of you and how to represent yourself, and we don’t just mean in a profile or CV!

Learn from an expert with research from over 10,000 profiles and think about your own brand differently, evolve and move forward in a better way. The Linked In Man, James Potter, a former UK Sales Director & expert training on LinkedIn Strategy for professionals in corporate & business world.

Hidden Jobs Market
Wednesday 8th June, 10am – 12.00noon, C1.18 – Pavilion, Cavendish

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.

International students – Do you want to gain work experience or get a job after graduation?
Wednesday 8th June, 12.30 – 2.30pm, Wood Lecture Theatre, Marylebone 

Come along to this information packed visa session. We have a speakers from AISEC informing you about Tier 5 and Tier 2 supported by Student Advice. Learn how to navigate the regulations, how to research job roles and market yourself. (Delivered by Zenia Chopra, Head of Sales & Marketing, Access Tier 5, AIESEC UK Ltd)

Using library sources for job search and Technology sector information
Wednesday 8th June, 3.00-4.00pm, C1.18 – Pavilion, Cavendish

Following on from the interviews presentation, join Computer and Engineering Librarians, Sabri Dikmen and Ida Kwan, who will show you how to use company databases to research prospective employers before that all important interview – learn how to get the edge over your competitors.

Disability Disclosure
Wednesday 8th June, 2.30-4.30pm, 152-153 – Cayley

We invite you to join us for this very informative and practical session giving you the essential tips and guidance required to help you in making applications for the career you want. Looking at all aspects of this topic, including factors that may influence your decision; the why, when and how you may wish to disclose you have a disability to an employer.  EmployAbility is the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to offering free support and advice to students and graduates who have dyslexia, any other disability, mental health or other long term health condition, in the transition from education to employment.  (Delivered by Justin Penney, Senior Consultant, EmployAbility)

Big Ideas Competition Final
Wednesday 8th June, 4.00-8.00pm, LA103 Marylebone

Do you have the next BIG idea and would like to be involved? Submit your application here by Friday 20th May 2017 to be in with the chance of winning up to £2,000 to develop your idea! Come along, network and see the most creative and innovative business concepts of your friends and peers. Have the opportunity to judge the next BIG idea and help us decide who should win up to £2,000 for their business startup. NACUE have been working in partnership with the University of Westminster to support the development of enterprise and entrepreneurship initiatives. Showcasing emerging talent and supporting the development of outward facing entrepreneurial leaders through collaborative events and skill development opportunities.

A day with Goldman Sachs
Thursday 9th June 10.00am – 4.30pm, MG28, Marylebone

Join the Career Development Centre Consultants alongside several key professionals from Goldman Sachs for advice, tips, information regarding CVs, Commercial Awareness and Interviews.  Note: you can book sessions separately or attend all.

CV’s (Goldman Sachs Day)
10.00am-12.00pm, MG28, Marylebone

Ever wondered how to target your CV, so it makes it onto the “definitely invite to interview” pile? Bring your up to date CV with you to this interactive workshop led by Professionals from Goldman Sachs and Career Development Centre for essential CV advice and feedback (whether you see yourself at Goldman Sachs or not!)

*Note, this session is informal advice only and not part of or linked to the Goldman Sachs recruitment process*

Commercial Awareness (Goldman Sachs Day)
12.30-2.30pm, MG28, Marylebone
Are you about to start applying for internships or graduate roles? Chances are you will be required to demonstrate commercial awareness throughout the entire recruitment and selection process. To give yourself the edge in a competitive graduate market, come along to this interactive session and find out why employers value students and graduates with commercial awareness, how you can demonstrate it in your applications and gain tips on how to develop your commercial awareness. This session will be delivered in partnership with Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s leading investment banks, so come along and improve your employment prospects!

Successful Interview Techniques (Goldman Sachs Day)
2.30-4.30pm, MG28, Marylebone
Bad at interview? Little or no experience of it? Come along to gain some top tips, improve your interview skills and methods. This seminar will focus on the preparation and techniques needed for achieving success in job interviews enriched with genuine stories of good and bad interview practice. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a mock interview scenarios with the professionals from Goldman Sachs and practice answering some typical interview questions.

Getting into Teaching – placements
Thursday 9th June, 12.00noon – 2.00pm, 152-153 Cayley, Regent

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. Over 500 students have taken part in a teaching placement so come along to learn about routes into teaching and the university’s work experience in schools scheme called Associates in School.

IBM Innovation Workshop
Friday 10th June, 10am – 1pm, Room MG28, Marylebone
The 3-hour workshops encourage team working, communication and quick thinking to work towards an innovative solution in a highly enjoyable environment. Join this IBM interactive session where students have the opportunity to put their creative hats on. (Delivered by Chris Parsons and Richard Adams on behalf of the IBM Foundation Innovation Community, IBM Global Business Services.)

Networking: Building and leveraging your professional network
Friday 10th June, 2 – 5.00pm, Room MG28, Marylebone

A comprehensive and highly interactive workshop focussed on how to build and manage your professional network. With a focus on how to leverage your network to manage your career.  (Delivered by  Clare Davies CMS Talent Consulting Ltd. Clare Davies has 19 years’ of global recruitment leadership experience within the Entertainment and Technology sectors having worked for companies such as, BBC, Bloomberg, Discovery, Electronic Arts and MPC Film).


If you wish to attend any of the above seminars run in the Skills Academy, simply click on the event and book via Engage.

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.


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