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Loughborough Employability Award

Loughborough Employability Award Holders

To find out about the experiences of just 2 successful Loughborough students, read their stories below.

Tom Johnson

Year of Study

Final

Course

Aero and Auto Engineering


Why did you decide to do the Award?

The Award was announced during a lecture in my first year. I signed up as I thought the Award would give me recognition for things that I already participated in. I also signed up for the Award so I could show to future employers that I had learned transferable life skills during my time at University.

Which activities have you taken part in and included in the Award?

How has the Award helped you?

I believe the activities I have taken part in to gain the Award have given me some excellent transferable skills, which are essential in a working environment. The activities within the Award have developed my communication skills, and my leadership qualities. Taking part within such an award shows the employer that the interviewee has had determination and strives to take on extra- curricular activities, whilst studying, in order to better themselves and to make themselves more employable. The Award has rewarded me with some amazing skills and participating in the activities has been more than enjoyable.

Name 3 skills you have developed by doing the Award?

What’s your ‘top tip’ or advice to students thinking of completing the Award?

I would recommend all students to take part in this Award. Most people at university do a lot of activities anyway. This scheme is a great way to be rewarded for something you already do. It also shows to an employer that alongside having a good education, that you have lived and experienced a lot of challenges.

Charlotte Davison

Year of Study

Final

Course

History and Geography


Why did you decide to do the Award?

I decided to participate in the Award scheme as I thought it would provide a valuable opportunity to reflect upon and assess the skills I have developed from extra-curricular activities whilst at university, as well as support in doing so.

Which activities have you taken part in and included in the Award?

How has the Award helped you?

Being a participant in the Employability Award has provided me with university recognition of my extra-curricular activities, but more importantly a way of helping me to assess my participation in these activities, the skills I have developed through them, and the areas I can try to improve upon. From enrolling on the Award and completing the self-evaluation, the scheme has provided help, support and guidance in realising the skills I have and improving skills I was lacking in. In addition, it’s been valuable in helping me achieve my goals and improve my employability, such as with CV design.

My extra-curricular activities have helped to clarify my career aspirations: the Student Outreach programme has helped me confirm that I wish to follow a career working with young people, either in outreach or teaching, and my Programme President role furthered my interest in education.

Name 3 skills you have developed by doing the Award?

Interpersonal Skills: I particularly wanted to improve my interpersonal skills, especially talking to new people and networking, and my confidence in doing so. The Students Helping Students scheme has led to me meeting and working with lots of new people, from the officers to other student helpers to school children and teachers, and meeting lots of new people regularly has built up my confidence in approaching and talking to them. As a Programme Rep and Programme President I’ve also met and interacted with lots of people, from gathering views from students on my course to representing these at meetings with staff at all university levels, right up to the University Senate and one-to-one meetings with the Vice Chancellor. I have also had to present at Department open days in front of lecture halls full of prospective students and parents, and I have now done this so regularly that it does not worry me.

Self-Motivation: I identified self-motivation as something I wished to improve upon, and feel that I have achieved this. By getting involved heavily with extra-curricular activities I have given myself quite a heavy schedule, which means I have something different and exciting to look forward to every day, and organise my time better, meaning there are specific times when I need to motivate myself to do certain things, which works for me.

Negotiation: Through being Programme President I have vastly developed my negotiation skills. I have to collect and represent the views of the department, and make sure that issues are sorted out successfully for all parties involved. This often requires negotiating with staff to get changes made to the curriculum, teaching delivery etc. whilst negotiating with students to see and understand the views of staff.

What’s your advice to students thinking of completing the Award

More than just working towards an award to reward your achievements, the scheme really does help you to understand how everything you do develops your skills and makes you more employable. There is also a lot of help and information available which is really useful when working on your employability.