Summer Skills Programme 2013

summer-skillsThe Summer Skills Programme is a three-day event where undergraduate students from the College work with employers and University staff on activities which will develop their employability skills. The Programme is organised by the EPS Careers Network Team and supported this year by employers: Amey; Ernst & Young; Interfleet Technology; Jonathan Lee Recruitment and SRG.

This year 25 students attended the programme, which ran from 10th to 12th June in the Mechanical Engineering building. Students participated in workshops exploring their strengths, developing presentation and interview skills, business simulation and the realities of applying for jobs in the current market.

All participants received a certificate and prizes were awarded to some of the students.

Participant feedback

“SRG workshop really helped with presentation skills and the information provided I know will really help in future. Assessment centre groupwork was fantastic, great way to develop team, listening and compromise skills. Jonathan Lee Recruitment was the most helpful.”

“It taught me about my personal skills, that I didn’t know about. It gave me experience that I needed but didn’t otherwise have an opportunity to do, and increased my confidence.”

“Mock interviews plus assessment centre exercises were very useful practice for application process. Interfleet activity was fun. Dave Powers' presentation was thought-provoking and inspiring and well delivered.”

“Very interactive. Mock interview really useful – good to get feedback/advice. Getting an idea of assessment centre activities and importance of balance between contributing and not taking over.”

“Clear insights to various different companies and how they recruit. Good experience.”

“They were really motivating, active and I got a precious chance to get involved with different people and learn a lot more about the business industry.”

“I found contact with professionals very helpful to gain an insight into what employers are looking for. The main benefit I have gained from the workshop is a boost in confidence.”

“We were given good practice and an insight into skills that will make us successful in career prospects. It also allowed us to develop group work abilities, presentation and enhanced confidence.”

“The mock interview and assessment centre activities were very helpful, especially as the interviews were conducted by real employers.”