Careers ServiceBuild your skills & experience

Everyone possesses a range of skills. It's important to be aware of the skills you have, as well as the level of any particular skill you have. Remember you can have a skill at a basic level and improve that skill level to an advanced level.

Employers & jobs

Job adverts will normally include a person specification section where the employer states details of the skills/competencies required for the job on offer. To make a good application you need to look at the "skills and experience required" section and make sure the skills and experience section of your CV/application form provide evidence of what the employer is looking for.

How do I get skills or improve my skills?

There are lots of opportunities to develop or improve your skills. You can do this through:

  • your course
  • work experience (part-time jobs, vacation work, volunteering, internships, insight events)
  • extracurricular activities i.e. involvement in clubs, hobbies or sports

These will help you to give good answers on application forms and/or to employers' questions at interview.

There are other types of practical skills that lots of students have, for example digital skills, language skills. Make sure potential employers see your full skill set on your CV.

IT, data, digital marketing & finance skills

There are many opportunities to develop IT/Data/Digital Marketing/Finance skills using free platforms:

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

MOOCs offer free options to develop additional skills which you might need for your future career:


You can build your skills and add to your CV by taking part in competitions. Here are a few ideas:

Develop your skills using Careers Service resources

Useful links: