Develop your employability skills with the Student Development Award!

The BU Student Development Award – Graduate Attributes: Reflective Writing

Students on the Student Development Award commit themselves to developing a range of employability skills that enable them to demonstrate workplace experience to potential employers.

Through their involvement in a choice from over 100 extra-curricular activities, including volunteering, ambassador and mentoring roles, languages, additional qualifications, media skills, music, sport and part-time employment, students are asked to submit a piece of reflective writing which is assessed for content and quality.

This enables reflection on a wide range of attributes employers look for in graduates:-

  • Communication
  • Self-organisation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ethical Sensitivity
  • Intercultural Awareness
  • Collaborative working
  • Relating to others/Caring
  • Adaptability
  • Personal resilience
  • Numeracy
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Risk taking
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Customer/Client focus
  • Business acumen
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Commitment to Personal excellence

Students match their activities to the attributes, writing concisely about their experiences, highlighting:-

·         What they were doing and what their responsibilities were

·         What they did, how it went; challenges, successes

·         What they learned from the experience, how it can help in the future

They are encouraged to consider how the attributes relate to the Person Specification elements of most job descriptions and how their writing can be used as content for job application forms, saving time and minimising apprehension, while giving clear evidence of specific skills gained.

Once at interview, they can confidently articulate their experiences and give employers a vision of how their behaviours transfer into the workplace, making them an ideal fit for the role.

Find out more about our BU Student Development Award and see samples of our students’ e-portfolios

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