Developing your skills 

Going to university is a unique experience - few other environments give you as many chances to get involved, have a voice and engage with your studies. You will find extensive opportunities to develop yourself beyond your studies. We encourage you to start planning the types of skills you would like to develop early on, so that you take full advantage of what is on offer.

Why think about skills?

University is not just about academic work. Employers expect graduates to have skills from extra-curricular experiences as well as those gained in the class.

Evaluate your skills

Once you have registered, you can use »Progress», a tool that allows you to evaluate the skills you have now. Just access my.bham and click on the MyProgress tab.

Develop your skills

Developing your skills doesn't have to be hard work - it is often more rewarding to develop skills by doing something you enjoy. The Guild offers over 200 societies through which you can do anything from drama to volunteering.

The University also gives you support to find (and fund) work experience, or to set up your own business.

Research Postgraduates follow a different skills training process that has been devised to relate to their specific skills training needs and they will work with their supervisor on the Training Needs Analysis.

Get your skills recognised

The Personal Skills Award (PSA) is a unique employability programme exclusively for all University of Birmingham undergraduates. It enables you to actively participate in innovative online courses, accredited on campus skills modules or extra-curricular activities on and off campus. The PSA provides the opportunity for you to develop your professional skills in preparation for work experience and graduate opportunities.

The programme is recognised and supported by a wide range of employers, who lead on practical skills sessions and provide advice and guidance on the recruitment process.

Enrolment will open at the beginning of Welcome Week. 

The Birmingham Project is one of the University of Birmingham’s most exciting and innovative projects exclusively for undergraduate first year students.

Plan ahead and take part in The Birmingham Project after your summer exams to meet new people, develop your skills and be involved in something completely different! You will also be formally acknowledged by participating in the project on your university transcript.

The project is supported by a number of global organisations including PwC, Jaguar Land Rover, IBM and KPMG so it is a great way to gain an insight into these amazing organisations.

For more information or to sign up to our mailing list, check out our intranet page.

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Student views

"When I first came to university I joined groups and societies because I saw it as a fun thing to do, but I quickly realised that by doing that I was also going to learn a lot of skills, which were going to be transferable, which were going to be really important for when I leave university."