Build My Skills

As a UC student and graduate, you develop key skills and attributes to set you apart from other university graduates. 

Throughout your time at university, you have many opportunities to develop the core competencies through academic learning, project work, internships, clubs, societies and volunteering in the wider community.

Ways to build skills while you study

Take the Workplace skills online programme

From commercial awareness and basic finance to problem-solving and decision-making, teamwork, negotiation and leadership skills. The courses, videos and e-learning in this programme will provide you with the fundamental understanding that will make you work-ready.

Have a go at these tutorials and short courses to build on your core professional skills and attributes:

Bonus: Add these skills to build your personal brand on LinkedIn. Check out LinkedIn tips here

What skills do Aotearoa New Zealand employers want?

In addition to your academic degree, employers want graduates with transferrable soft skills (human skills) relevant work experience, ambition and adaptability for the 21st century.

Top 10 skills-attributes sought after by graduate employers (PDF 161KB)


How to build skills as an Entrepreneur

  • UC’s Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE) provides students with opportunities to build capabilities in entrepreneurship and innovation. All activities are connected with external organisations, enabling our students to gain real-world hands-on experience. UCE’s programmes and events are open to all UC students regardless of the degree or year. No prior experience is required. 
  • Guide to Entrepreneurship (PDF 45KB)

 For more entrepreneurial support, connect with these organisations: 

Building skills by Assistive Technology

The Equity and Disability Services assists our differently-enabled student community with appropriate, specialist study support services and resources, including assistive technology for learning. Learn more about the support available

Resource Rooms

The following resource rooms are available to students registered with the Equity & Disability Service who have arranged use with their Disability Advisor. Rooms can be booked online. The Green Room and Blue Room are located in the basement of the Erskine Building. The Green Room has a PC and a Mac while the Blue Room has a PC.

More support services

Learn how to build skills

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