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Future-Ready Skills for Leaders

Future-Ready Skills for Leaders will return in 2024-2025!

Future-Ready Skills for Leaders

Future-Ready Skills for Leaders is an opportunity for any student of any discipline or level to build commercial awareness and develop teamwork, management, leadership and presentation/negotiation skills.

Participants will work in teams, through a series fast moving but fun business games and challenges to win prizes. Each team will be mentored by a recent graduate who is now working in graduate management role.

It is a three-day programme which will take place in semester 2 each year.

Places are limited and students must complete a short application in MyFuture to apply.

Students must be available to complete the three days of the programme.

We strongly encourage applications from Queen's undergraduate students and those from under-represented courses.

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What can you expect?

This fast-paced three-day event of business games and challenges is designed to develop your teamwork, management, leadership and presentation skills. 

You’ll bond quickly as you work your way through our programme of time-limited business games and real world problems, competing against rival teams. 

In a lively, safe and friendly atmosphere, you’ll get the chance to learn through experience – embracing the rollercoaster that a role in management can be.

During the programme students work in teams to:

  • Tackle global challenges
  • Increase your commercial awareness
  • Present to employers
  • Compete for prizes

Check out our blog about the programme


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Who will be there?

We will introduce you to a team mentor who will be a recent graduate who is now working in a professional role.

The challenges and workshops will be facilitated by impartial Career Consultants, employers and other guest presenters who will offer you tips along the way as we throw global business and environmental challenges at you.

It’s an opportunity to learn and network – the bonds made during the three days endure long after the programme is over!

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How should I prepare?

There is no revision or prep work involved, but come ready to think outside the box to come up with innovative ideas, negotiate deals and make split-second business decisions.

All we ask is that you are prepared for long hours, good fun and are prepared to get involved in all of the course tasks and activities. 

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Programme structure

You will spend almost 30 contact hours engaged in interactive business games and case studies. 

You will work in small groups and each group will be facilitated by a recent graduate working in industry or commerce.

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Future-Ready Award Accreditation

Future-Ready Skills for Leaders is valued by graduate recruiters, and is accredited by Queen's University Belfast via Future-Ready Award.

Candidates for the Future-Ready Award will be required to keep a learning log and complete a reflective account addressing the impact of Insight on career and skill development.

Information on how to gain a Future-Ready Award for successful completion of Future-Ready Skills for Leaders will be provided to participating students during this programme.

What did the mentors think of the Future-Ready Skills for Leaders

Previous mentors of the programme told us that they got a chance to develop their own skills as a result of leading our students through the games and challenges.

Win-win when it comes to boosting CVs!

Check out what they had to say in this video.