Cambridge University Skills Portal
What do I need to do to improve my prospects?
- Again, you are strongly advised to see one of the University's Careers Advisers who will be able to offer you expert confidential advice.
- Compare your skills with those likely to be in demand from employers in your chosen field and identify any areas where your skills are less strong.
- Use the resource finder to identify opportunities for developing your skills in these areas or talk to your Tutor.
Certain tools and techniques are often helpful in planning how to improve your skills in a particular area:
- Personal Development Plan
Use the template to set down your objectives, review your progress to date and help you to identify any skills gaps or areas that you need to develop further
- Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis
SWOT is a personal, subjective assessment of information organised into a logical order that helps understanding, presentation, discussion and decision-making.
- Situation, Task, Action, Response (STAR) analysis
STAR analysis helps you analyse and reflect on your role and/or contribution to a given situation, action or event. Identifying the actions you took, and showing how they contributed to a result or outcome, is a powerful way of demonstrating your skills. STAR is therefore an excellent technique to use when preparing for job applications or interviews, especially where you have to give examples to substantiate claims that you make about your skills and abilities.
- Timeline planner
Timeline planning helps you to identify the most significant events in your life. The form provided gives one example of a timeline planner but your own version might be much broader and more detailed in scope. Failures are important, as well as successes. The point is to reflect on the events that have affected your life. We all fail at things from time to time and there is no shame in this, the point is to understand the implications and learn from the experience