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Identifying skills and attributes. Links used in session: Definition of ‘ skill’ and ‘attribute’ Developing weaker skill areas STAR - definition and examples. Employability Skills: . Broadly fall into 6 areas: communication skills commercial awareness teamwork and leadership

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identifying skills and attributes
Identifying skills and attributes
  • Links used in session:
  • Definition of ‘skill’ and ‘attribute’
  • Developing weaker skill areas
  • STAR - definition and examples
employability skills
Employability Skills:

Broadly fall into 6 areas:

  • communication skills
  • commercial awareness
  • teamwork and leadership
  • organising and planning
  • problem solving
  • use of IT
skills graduate employers want
Skills graduate employers want

Team working (S)


working (S)


Resilience (A)


Intelligence (A)


Solving (S)

  • Motivation (A)
  • Confidence (A)

Open Minded (A)

Initiative (A)

  • Interpersonal

Skills (S)

the star approach
The STAR Approach

S - describe a specific situation toset the scene [10%]

T - explain what you had to do - what was the task? [10%]

A – what action did you take? Talk about the skills you used to solve the problem e.g. liaising, organising, persuading etc. [70%]

R - what was theresult? Give a positive outcome [10%]

star example
STAR example
  • Situation: I was events officer for my college student union
  • Task: I was responsible for organising a Halloween charity event in a local nightclub.
  • Action: I decided to involve all student union committee members to share the load and have regular meetings for them all to report back to me.

I allocated specific roles to each person, set deadlines, progress chased and kept team members informed of progress.

  • Result: The event raised £500 and 200 students attended, exceeding the number expected by 50.

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