Skills Academy 2017

A series of seminars and workshops designed by industry professionals, employers and specialist speakers investing their time to help you stand out from the crowd. Come along and network, enhance your employability and learn how to make the most of your skills and experience in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

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 (or view the PDF Skills Academy Programme Guide):

Effective CVs and Applications

Monday 22nd May, 10.30am -12.30pm, Cayley Lecture Theatre, Marylebone

Ever wondered why you didn’t get shortlisted 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 and application form.

International students – Tier 2 and Tier 5 Visa Workshop

Monday 22nd May, 1.00 – 3.00pm, Room CG28, Marylebone

If you’re an international student wanting to find out more about your employment options after graduation come along to this information packed session. Mayfair Legal will guide you through the latest information regarding the Tier 2 Visa and Access Tier 5 will talk about the work experience visa. They will break down the legal jargon and give you the confidence to search for jobs and work experience opportunities.

Communication and Body Language

Monday 22nd May, 12.00 to 2.00pm, Room M321, Marylebone

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

Getting into Teaching – placements

Monday 22nd May, 1.30 – 3.00pm, Room 152 Cayley, Regents

Perhaps you are interested in teaching, but are not convinced it is something you want to do right after graduation or your entire career. Over 500 students have taken part in a teaching and Associates in schools – so come along and find out about the University’ s work experıence ın schools scheme.

IBM Innovation Workshop

Monday 22nd May, 2.00 – 5.00pm, Room M303, Marylebone

This three hour workshop encourages team working, communication and quick thinking to work towards an innovative solution in a highly enjoyable environment. Join our team this IBM interactive session where students have the opportunity to put their creative hats on. (Delivered by Lara Stephen on behalf of the IBM Foundation Innovation Community, IBM Global Business Services.)


Tuesday 23rd May, 10.30 – 11.30am, Room M212, Marylebone

Through meditation and reflective practise, individuals can increase their self-awareness and natural observations skills. This event is aimed at equipping each participant with their own sustainable mindfulness development programme. (Delivered by David Morris, Interfaith Advisor, University of Westminster).

Tips and practical skills for a successful Legal Career

Tuesday 23rd May, 10.30 – 11.30am, 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 Law school who is practicing solicitor specializing in Child Care, Regulatory and Crime. Jennifer will be giving a motivational, inspiring but realistic talk about steps to get into a legal career and how to manage your career once you qualify.

How to write effective CVs for TV, Film, Radio and Commercial Production

Tuesday 23nd May, 10.30am – 12.00pm, Room M207, Marylebone

Production Base are the UK’s leading network for freelancers working in TV, film, theatre, radio and commercial production. Meet the founder and Managing Director 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. (Delivered by Joe Mahoney, Managing Director of Production Base, the UK’s biggest networking site for television and film freelance professionals.) 

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa & FFWD Scheme  

Tuesday 23rd May, 1.00 – 2.30pm, Chiltern Hall, Marylebone

Are you an international student wanting to set up a business in London? Come along to this inspiring workshop and find out how the university can sponsor your unique and exiting idea. Holly Knower from NACUE will talk about how the FFWD pre-accelerator early stage start up programme helps students with their ideas. Elishba Zachariah the Tier 1 manager along with Student Advice will offer tips on gaining visa sponsorship for your business idea. Viacheslav Baranovskiy is a graduate who will share his experiences about the FFWD programme and how he obtained T1 Visa sponsorship.

Careers in The Civil Service and competency based testing

Tuesday 23rd May, 4.00 – 6.00 pm, Room 152 Cayley, Regents

Come along to this session to understand what it is like to work for the Civil Service and how you can start your career in Government. Furthermore this session will outline the Civil Service competencies, advising on how best to approach these in an application.

The Civil Service is a fantastic employer giving you the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives, with good career development pathways, flexible working hours, and comprehensive benefits. (Delivered by Olivia Lipton, Civil Service Fast Stream.)

A day with Goldman Sachs
Wednesday 24th May, 10.00am-4.45pm, Room MG14, Marylebone

Join the Career Development Centre Consultants alongside several key professionals from Goldman Sachs for advice, tips, information regarding CVs, Commercial Awareness and Interviews. These sessıons are ınformal advıce only and not part of or lınked to the Goldman Sachs ıntervıew recruıtment process.

Note: you can book sessions separately or attend all.

A day with Goldman Sachs- CV’s

Wednesday 24th May, 10.00am-12.00pm, Room MG14, 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*

Dress code: smart/casual, no jeans or traıners.

A Day with Goldman Sachs- Commercial Awareness

Wednesday 24th May, 12.45-2.30pm, Room MG14, 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!

*This sessıon is ınformal advıce only and not part of or lınked to the Goldman Sachs ıntervıew recruıtment process*

Dress code: smart/casual, no jeans or traıners.

A Day with Goldman Sachs – Successful Interview Techniques

Wednesday 24th May, 3.00-3.45pm, Room MG14, 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.

*These sessıons are ınformal advıce only and not part of or lınked to the Goldman Sachs ıntervıew recruıtment process*

Dress code: smart/casual, no jeans or traıners.

How to market yourself in a competitive work place

Thursday 25th May 10.30 – 12.00pm, UG.05 , Regent

In the current employment climate, you need to ensure that you stand out from the rest.  This 2-hour workshop will look at what you need to do to enhance your prospects of gaining and sustaining employment once you have finished University ıncludıng how to buıld your brand, the value of networkıng, mentorıng and communıty development, and how to enhance your employment prospects.  This workshop will help you to:  Understand the current and historic employment climate for graduates; Understand how you can enhance your employment prospects; Value of mentoring in job search and personal development; Value of volunteering and community development in job search; Understand where social media fits into your job search; How to build your brand, create a compelling elevator pitch and network. (Delivered by Yvonne Phillip, Employment and Enterprise Advisor, The Stephen Lawrence Trust)

 Using Library Resources for Finding Employers and Preparing for Interviews

Thursday 25th May, 10.30 – 11.30am, Room C2.06, Cavendish                             

Learn how to get the edge over your competitors. Join Computer and Engineering Librarians Sabri Dikmen and Ida Kwan, who will show you how to find prospective employers, the information on the UK registered companies and the industry/sector information, using quality company databases provided by the library.

Fitting in: Perspectives of multicultural work environments

Thursday 25th May 1.00pm – 2.30pm, Room 152 Cayley, Regent

Explore organisational and national cultures in a lively 90 minute session designed to help you find the best cultural fit to fulfil your career potential. (Delivered by Freya Aitken-Turff, CEO, China Exchange)

Social/Charity Sector Careers Panel

Thursday 25th May, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, Room 152 Cayley, Regent

Join our leading panel of experts at various stages in their careers in the Social Sector including those who have set Charities up. Find out how you can make a positive impact on society whilst having a professional career. Have the curtain lifted around finding suitable entry points into non-profits and how to develop into a leading professionals. What professional opportunities are there? What is the remuneration like? How do people perceive you working in this space? What are the Challenges in the sector? How do you break into the sector?

Developing Resilience skills for a successful career

Friday 26th May 10.30am – 12.30pm, Room C2.05, Cavendish

In this practical workshop you will learn theory, skills and practices to boost your Resilience.  Not just to help you get that job but also to sustain you once you are working as well as manage unsuccessful job outcomes. You will learn about, the neurobiology of stress and how it gets in the way; how to self-regulate so you can think more clearly; the science of empathy and how it can help you to get ahead in the workplace; evaluating your own resilience and how you can boost it. (Delivered by Justin Haroun, The Centre of Resilience).

Psychometric Testing Sessions

Friday 26th May 12.00pm -4.00pm, MG14, Marylebone

Apptitude Digital Solutions will use new software and tablets to deliver a crash course in aptitude tests. Trial the new App to gain understanding on what employers want from aptitude tests and what to expect from some of the most popular test formats.

A total of 4 sessions will take place:

Session 1: 12-1pm

Session 2: 1-2pm

Session 3: 2-3pm

Session 4: 3-4pm

 A maximum of 10 students can sit the test per session, you may only book one session. Due to the popularity, early booking is recommended.

Using Library Sources for job searching and interview research -WBS/FABE

Tuesday 30th May, 10.30 – 11.30am, Room M216, Marylebone

Librarians Eleanor Murphy and Sara Goddard show you how to use company databases and exclusive resources to research employers before that all important interview and application. Learn to get the edge over your competitors and impress employers with enhanced knowledge about the industry and company.

Unstoppable Confidence – The Path to Long Term Career Success

Tuesday 30th May, 12.30 -2.30pm, Room M212, Marylebone

The rapidly changing world created by innovation in technology means that organisations need people who are comfortable and able to thrive in rapidly changing and complex environments. Skills needed in such environments are related to an individual way of thinking. This workshop will present tried and tested thinking strategies that will help you develop a mind-set for success in today’s modern organisation. (Delivered by Dene Stewart a licensed behavioural analyst, and a SFEDI accredited enterprise mentor and author of ResourcefulMe.)

The Future of Work: Digital/Video Interviews and Tempo  

Tuesday 30th May, 3.30-5.00pm, Room M207, Marylebone

Tempo is a brand new marketplace connecting the best candidates and employers in London. Through video interviews and intelligent matching, we allow candidates and companies to speak directly – cutting out the recruiter middle man. All role information is available up front, and hiring decisions can be made in minutes – preventing hours spend travelling across London for interviews! (Delivered by Ben Chatfield & Ollie Povey – Co-Founders of Tempo)

CIMA Mock Assessment Centre exercise

Wednesday 31st May, 10.30am – 12.30pm Room MG14, Marylebone

CIMA are holding a mock centre exercise designed to give you the experience of a real assessment center exercise with feedback. This is ideal for those attending assessment centres this summer or planning to apply for graduate recruiters in the autumn term most of which hold such centres to assess suitablility. (Delivered by Jason Nye, CIMA UK Student Recruitment Manager).

Negotiation Skills

Wednesday 31st May, 1.30 – 2.30pm, Chıltern Hall, Marylebone

Join procurement and contracts specialist with over 13 years’ experience in the Construction Industry. The session will cover and discuss:

  • Understanding negotiation
  • Negotiation planning and preparation
  • Factors effecting outcome
  • Basic negotiation skills
  • Influencing others
  • Understanding “win-win”
  • Concluding the negotiation and outcomes
  • Case study and group exercise

(Delivered by Andrew Spears, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Shaylor Group Plc)

Entrepreneurship Panel

Wednesday 31st May, 3.30 – 5.30pm, Room MG14, Marylebone                

Join our expert panel and hear the experiences from both established business and student entrepreneurs, sharing their insights and challenges of their entrepreneurial journeys.

 How to get Networking right every time

Thursday 1st June, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Chıltern Hall, Marylebone

Your network is your net worth` but how do you build a powerful network if you are too shy to network? Learn how to deal with networking at events including how to get over nerves you may feel beforehand. Learn 5 essential things to remember in networking situations including how to break the ice and get into conversations and how to follow up with key contacts. (Delivered by Dwain Reid, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Entrepreneur and avid networker with 15 years’ experience running workshops, inspiring, mentoring and coaching thousands of people across the UK & Internationally to start and grow their own business.)

Talent Bank – how to get part time jobs on and off campus

Thursday 1st June, 12.00 – 1.00pm Room C2.05, Cavendish

Part-Time work offers you a glimpse into the working world and a selection of skills which give employers more reasons 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).

How to Stand Up & Stand Out: presentation skills for those who want to have an impact 

Thursday 1st June, 1.00 – 4.00pm, Chiltern Hall, Marylebone

Steve Creffield has been working with Students, Lecturers and Managers for over 10 years in helping them to both design and deliver outstanding presentations. At the heart of his work is story.

During this workshop you will learn a classical story archetype that you can use to rapidly design new presentations. He will then take you through the Three Circles of Presence which enable you to be even more resourceful in your presentation delivery.

Employability for mature students

Thursday 1st June, 3.00 – 5.00pm, Room C2.05, 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.

Big Ideas Competition Final

Thursday 1st June, 4.00 – 7.00pm, Room MG14, Marylebone

Come along, network and see the most creative and innovative businesses 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. The National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (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.  

Starting your Career in the Commercial World

Friday 2nd June 10.30am to 12.00pm, Room MG14, Marylebone

Brightsparks will help to prepare you for your job search, ensuring you are able to make the most of your experience from CV right through to your first week in your career. Our Senior Talent and Relationship Managers will ensure you are fully guided through an interactive discussion, recognising you as an individual and how to make the most of your individual experiences. (Delivered by Jake Wibberley, Senior Talent Manager at Brightsparks – a Graduate and Emerging Talent Specialist based in London).

Job Seeking Strategies – access the hidden jobs market        

Friday 2nd June, 1.30 – 3.00pm, Room C2.05, Cavendish

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

Graduate Mock Assessment

Friday 2nd June, Room MG14, Marylebone

Book in for one of two centres and trial the paperless mock assessment centre to gain understanding on what employers want and how to use this knowledge during interviews, presentations and group exercises. Apptitude Digital Solutions will use new software and tablets to deliver all the exercises without paper.

You may book only one session, maximum capacity 6 per session, early booking recommended.

(Delivered by Michael Blakley, one of the co-founders of Apptitude Digital Solutions a technology company that is digitalising the recruitment and assessment world using innovative Apps. Micheal is an experienced recruitment consultant who has worked with various clients over the past 5 years. Feel free to ask him anything about assessment centres, interviews or graduate roles in general).

What does your personality reveal about you?

Monday 5th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Room C2.06, Regent

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

Mindfulness (Repeat session)

Monday 5th June, 10.30am – 12.30pm, Room 155, Regent

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

Moving On – Personal Finance for Graduates

Monday 5th June, 11.30am – 12.30pm, Room C2.05, Cavendish

This is a useful session for current students who graduating this year. Laura Wood, Financial Capability Advisor, 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

Leadership Skills

Monday 5th June, 12.00-2.00pm, Room 152 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 Lorna Culpin, Graduate Recruitment Officer,Teach First)

Using Social Media to job hunt and build professional relationships

Monday 5th June, 2.30pm -4.30pm, Room MG14, Marylebone           

Using social media platforms can help build your brand and get you noticed by potential employers and key influencers. But where do you start? And with new platforms launching every other month, how do you know which is the one to spend the majority of your time on? Aimee Bateman shares with you her learnings and demonstrates how you can use the likes of Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook to get noticed by the people that matter. You will learn how to job hunt by optimising your profile across the main platforms, showcasing your brand and value, and making and maintaining connections. (Delivered by Aimee Bateman, Founder/Host of

This is the full list of all seminars, dates and venues. To confirm your place, please book at: http//

For further information or any questions, contact Iram Sial, Careers Consultant, If you have any difficulties accessing the online information or booking 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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