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Professional Skills Programme

Developing students skills

We are currently working in partnership with staff in Schools and Faculties to roll out an embedded Professional Skills Programme across the University, with the option to tailor pathways by School.

Still in its pilot phase, the programme aims to support students to develop the personal and professional skills that will support them both at Queen’s and beyond.

Professional Skills Programme is designed to encourage students to adopt a growth mindset and has a strong focus on initiative, innovation and creativity.

 This programme is for undergraduate students only. Postgraduate students can access support from the Graduate School.

We are planning to roll this programme out to all schools within the University over the next few years.

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Professional Skills Programme is self-directed and delivered through Canvas, the University’s virtual learning platform.

Currently, a zero CATS module (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme), students’ participation in the programme is recognised through the award of a Certificate in Professional Skills.

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To achieve the Certificate, students must:

  • Reflect on their development of the professional skills and on their own skills gaps
  • Compose answers to common interview questions that demonstrate their competence in the professional skills.
  • Create a career plan, a CV and undertake a mock video interview

Professional Skills Programme is designed around seven key Skills Clusters which are aligned to Pearson’s Future of Skills,  the OECD Learning Compass 2030 and Kingston University’s Future Skills research.

They are:

  • Effective Learning
  • Digital Literacy
  • Social and Cultural Awareness
  • Initiative, Innovation and Creativity
  • Interpersonal Skills: Communication, Collaboration, Leadership
  • Business and Commercial Awareness
  • Career Management Skills