Complete the Personal Skills Award

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To achieve the Personal Skills Award you must attend a PSA Induction Session and earn PSA points by getting involved in a combination of PSA opportunities. You can then choose which award you complete. Each award offers a different approach to developing, recognising and articulating your skills and it is highly recommend that all students complete the Personal Skills Award or PSA (Advanced). These awards offer an enhanced PSA experience where you can practice your application and interview skills and gain feedback on your performance. 

How to complete the PSA (Foundation)

To complete the PSA (Foundation) you must finish the compulsory online course Employability Essentials by 9 February 2018. You must also have a total of 80 PSA points (Employability Essentials = 20 points). There is no other criteria to meet. Once you have completed the online course and claimed your points you will be awarded the PSA (Foundation) certificate endorsed by Careers Network. 

You do not need to complete the PSA (Foundation) before you complete the Personal Skills Award or the PSA (Advanced). 

How to complete the Personal Skills Award

By completing the Personal Skills Award you will gain access to an enriched programme of practical hints and tips on how to be successful in a recruitment process.
To complete the Personal Skills Award you must earn a total of 150 PSA points from a combination of PSA activities and ensure you meet the criteria below. Once you have met all of the criteria and have passed the final assessment stage you will be awarded the Personal Skills Award certificate endorsed by the University of Birmingham. 

  • Ensure you undertake at least two different types of activity or PSA opportunities. (This could for example be some work experience plus a module or being a Student Ambassador plus being a Club Captain). 
  • Complete the online element of the PSA Completion Session 
  • Attend one PSA Completion session
  • Submit and pass the PSA Completion Form 

How to complete the PSA (Advanced)

The PSA (Advanced) offers further opportunity to increase your confidence in applying and articulating your skills. The PSA (Advanced) offers an interview assessment where you can practice your interview skills in front of graduate recruiters.  You can aim for the PSA (Advanced) as soon as you enrol you do not need to have completed the PSA (Foundation) or the PSA beforehand. 

To complete the PSA (Advanced) you must meet the criteria below: 

  • Claim a total of 250 PSA points from a combination of activities 
  • Attend two employer-led workshops on campus. These can be PSA  employer supporter sessions or events organised via Careers Network.
  • Complete the online element of the PSA Completion Session
  • Attend one PSA completion session 
  • Submit and pass the PSA (Advanced) completion form 
  • Attend the PSA (Advanced) interview preparation session 
  • Attend an employer-led panel interview. This is organised by the PSA team if you successfully pass your assessment.

PSA Student of the Year 

Each year the Personal Skills Award chooses a PSA Student of the Year and this is awarded at our annual PSA celebration event in June.

To be eligible for the Student of the Year you must complete the PSA (Advanced) and pass the PSA (Advanced) interview.