No matter which route you choose to go down, there are key graduate career skills that apply across the board. In this section you'll find expert advice on how to build those soft skills, how to stand out as a graduate and much much more.
What key graduate career skills do I need?
Key career skills are ones that not only help you secure a job, but will help you throughout your entire career. These core skills can include:
- Communication and presentation skills - learn how to develop effective presentation skills with Bright Network Academy.
- Leadership and management skills
- Self-management/time-management skills
- Team Working ability - Learn how to work well in a team.
- Research skills
- Problem solving skills
Learn more about the skills you might possess and about how you can develop them further:
- Seven key career skills you pick up from playing sport
- Top tips to develop career skills to help you stand out
How to stand out as a graduate
As the graduate market becomes increasingly tougher, you need to have your core skills up to scratch, along with some extras that will help you stand out. These extras might not be something you put on your CV, but they will definitely speak for themselves during the recruitment process. These can include:
- How to perfect your elevator pitch
- Top ten tips on how to negotiate
- Free online courses to improve your technical skills
- Your guide to writing good emails
- How to stand out as a graduate
Being commercially aware is also a great skill to have, not just for the recruitment process, but for your whole career. As a Bright Network member, you can sign up to receive weekly updates straight to your email inbox by heading to your career preferences section and ticking the Weekly Commercial Awareness Updates box.
How to be a good public speaker
Having good presentation and public speaking skills is a growing desirable skill that employers look for in students and graduates. Here’s some advice and our top tips on how to present well:
- Understand your audience - knowing who you’re talking to and what the audience is looking to take away from your presentation is important. This will help you to focus on content they will be interested in and to target your presentation accordingly.
- Practice - practice makes perfect right? In public speaking terms this is correct, but don’t practice so much that you’re repeating word-for-word what you’ve rehearsed, as this won’t sound natural.
- Keep it simple - why overcomplicate things when you can keep them straightforward and simple? It might seem basic, but this is the best way to get your point across in a clear and concise manner.
For more tips, take a look at the links below:
- How to present well and surprise people
- Public speaking tips from the Head of TED
- Top 5 tips for perfecting your Powerpoint
- How to be a good public speaker
This Bright Network Academy core career skills course will help you build on those core skills that you’ll need throughout your career - from presenting, to learning how to take on feedback. Get prepared for your first day!