GET skilled

The University’s hired@UCB team can help you stand out in the competitive job market. We can help you GET skilled. 

We know what employers look for when they recruit from colleges and universities and we can help you each step of the way.

Employers look for evidence of skills you have developed as well as any voluntary, paid work or work experience you have gained during your studies at University College Birmingham. 

Companies look for exceptional candidates. The sooner you start gathering experiences and skills that link to the world of work the more likely you are to succeed. 

Most of the courses at UCB are vocational; practical experience is a vital component of your studies and experience at the University. In fact, studying with us means you will already have an edge.

The skills we will help you to achieve

Here are the Top 10 attributes and skills that employers look for: 

1.     An understanding of your chosen industry 

2.     Good verbal and written skills 

3.     Team participation 

4.     Problem solving 

5.     Negotiation skills 

6.     Leadership skills 

7.     Organisational skills 

8.     Motivation 

9.     Commitment 

10.   Confidence 

The team at hired@UCB will help you to build the skills and develop the attributes employers look for. When you attend lecturers regularly and meet assignment deadlines, you demonstrate good organisational skills. 

Leadership skills and team work may be displayed if you are a year rep or a member of a club or society. Work experience, voluntary and paid employment enhances transferrable skills and by recording what you do you will have evidence to enrich your CV and highlight at interview. Hired@UCB runs employability skills sessions that will showcase your competence and abilities. Events are arranged throughout the year so make sure you attend careers fairs, employer presentations and progression events. 

University College Birmingham offers all students the opportunity to enrich their CVs and boost their employability skills by online access to City and Guilds “Getting a Job,” employability modules at levels 4, 5 and 6 and by recognising the activities students participate in such as student ambassadors and the Aimhigher scheme 

The achievements of students in further education/college courses are recorded on Pro Monitor and create a comprehensive overview of skills, experiences and attributes as well as academic attainment.

To find out more, visit us in the hired@UCB suite on the 7th floor of Summer Row, or email