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.
Your time studying will have equipped you with a range of transferable skills that will serve you well in your professional life. You simply need to spend a little time labelling those skills that you have developed on a day-to-day basis and identifying the strategies that have stood you in good stead.
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:
- Analytical & Critical thinking
- Bicultural competence and confidence
- Emotional Intelligence
- IT Skills & Digital Literacy
- Leadership skills
- Time management
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. Transferable skills are the skills and abilities you have developed throughout your life from experiences such as study, work, hobbies, community service and travel. These skills can be easily transferred from one job to another.
- Top 10 skills-attributes sought after by graduate employers (PDF 161KB)
- Easy tutorials to build transferable skills
- Watch this: Skills employers are looking for
There are seven skills that employers say are essential for the workplace. These are all transferable skills you may have developed through your life experience.
- Positive attitude – you're calm and cheerful when things go wrong
- Communication – you can listen and say things clearly when you speak or write
- Teamwork – you can work well with other people
- Self-management – you're organised and always arrive on time
- Willingness to learn – you want to learn new things to improve your skills
- Thinking skills (problem-solving and decision making) – you try and solve problems or can see when something won't work
- Resilience – you don't let problems hold you back
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:
The Academic Skills Centre (ASC) is a free advisory service and resource hub that focuses on writing and study strategies to maximise your academic skills, including:
- Smart Thinking
- Time Management
- Effective Note-taking
- Introduction to Essay Writing
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Paraphrasing Basics
- English Language Support Programme
- Speaking and Listening for English Language Learners
- Excel Basics
- Stats Essentials
- Giving an Oral Presentation and more.
Building skills through Assistive Technology
The Student Accessibility 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
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.