The BU Student Development Award – Graduate Attributes: Reflective Writing
Students on the Award commit themselves to developing a range of employability skills that enable them to demonstrate workplace experience to potential employers.
Through their involvement in a choice of over 100 extra-curricular activities, including volunteering, ambassador and mentoring roles, languages, professional development, media skills, music, sport, art and part-time employment, students are asked to submit a piece of reflective writing which is assessed for content and quality.
This enables reflection on a wide range of attributes employers look for in graduates:-
|· Communication||· Leadership|
|· Self-organisation||· Creativity|
|· Interpersonal skills||· Risk taking|
|· Ethical Sensitivity||· Problem solving|
|· Intercultural Awareness||· Critical thinking|
|· Collaborative working||· Customer/Client focus|
|· Relating to others/Caring||· Business acumen|
|· Adaptability||· Entrepreneurship|
|· Personal resilience||· Coaching & Mentoring|
|· Numeracy||· Commitment to Personal excellence|
Students match their activities to the attributes, writing concisely about their experiences, highlighting:-
- What they were involved in and what their responsibilities were
- What they did, how it went – the challenges and successes
- What they learned from the experience and how it can help in the future workplace
They are encouraged to consider how the attributes relate to the Person Specification elements of most job descriptions and how their writing can be used as content for job application forms, saving time and minimising apprehension, while giving clear evidence of specific skills gained.
Once at interview, they can confidently articulate their experiences and give employers a vision of how their behaviours transfer into the workplace, making them an ideal fit for the role.