Skills for the World of Work

Open Skills Westminster is a site run by the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster to provide information and ideas to help its students develop skills for the world of work. The School of Architecture and Cities teaches a wide range of subject areas, giving students a range of technical skills. On this site we also focus on some of the broader skill sets.

Repeatedly surveys into skills needed by employers show the importance of what are often called soft skills. For example a survey by Hays earlier in 2021 showed that organisations need communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to adopt change, problem-solving skills, the ability to be flexible and adaptable, and people management skills. Other skills that make it into such lists include team working, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking. Therefore presenting both your soft skills as well as your technical skills are important.

Stand out from the crowd21: Finding a job in the new context

Webinar series: 21st, 23rd and 25th June 2021

Open to University fo Westminster students and staff, Join this School of Architecture and Cities Webinar Series to learn how to maximise your career prospects

Many are worried about looking for a job in today’s uncertain job market The School of Architecture and Cities “Stand out from the crowd: Finding a job in the new context” webinar series will give you valuable insights in how you can maximise your chances of finding a job using digital skills, developing your personal branding and accessing the hidden job market.

You will learn how to:

  • Access the hidden job market
  • Which digital tools will give you the best chance and how to make the most of them
  • What employers are looking for and how you can meet their needs
  • How to make the best impression at an online interview

If you would like to attend please go to Engage where you get the links to the webinars.

The Webinars will last approximately 1hr 45 minutes. 

Programme outline:

1. Mon, 21st JuneThe keys to success: How to improve your chances and maximise employment prospects in a digital world
2. Wed, 23rd June   Skills+Tools: Developing and improving your skills for employment and entrepreneurship
3. Fri, 25th JuneMeet the Employers: What employers are looking for and how they will recruit as a result of the pandemic; tips and advice on how to stand out

Webinars start at 11am (British Summer Time)

Click here for the FULL PROGRAMME

To attend please click here to go to Engage where you get the links to the webinars.

These webinars are only open to University of Westminster students and staff. 

Click here to see last year’s webinar series Stand Out from the Crowd 2020

Let’s Build – sign up for introductions to paid work placements

The Let’s Build Academy has launched a scheme to help architecture students from underrepresented backgrounds to get introductions to paid work placements. Students sign up for free and Let’s Build Academy offers coaching and mentoring. If you would like to sign up please click Let’s Build Academy, to register your interest.

How the University of Westminster can help you

The University’s Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services, guidance and advice on all things careers and employability related, with full details to be found among the Careers and employability pages.

One-to-one guidance and advice

Book a 20-minute consultations with a Careers Consultant to get feedback and advice on CVs, application forms, interviews and other career concerns. Book a 45-minute consultation for in-depth advice on careers. Book a consultation

Creative Enterprise Centre

The CEC delivers and operates a dynamic award-winning programme of services and resources for all students and graduates, accessed through the Westminster Student Enterprise Journey.

The Westminster Student Enterprise Journey Portal enables all University of Westminster students and recent graduates to access the wide range of opportunities, services and resources for developing their enterprise and entrepreneurship skills, and achieving career goals.

Start your Student Enterprise Journey

For any questions, feel free to contact The Creative Enterprise Centre (CEC)

Click to learn about the Creative Enterprise Centre

Career Mentoring

Our Career Mentoring initiatives offer current students and recent graduates (those who have graduated within the last three years) the chance to be matched with a mentor for long or short-term mentoring. Applicants will have the unique opportunity to receive tailored career support and guidance from experienced professionals. At present, all mentoring is taking place virtually.

Ask a Mentor (short-term mentoring)
For those who are looking for short-term mentoring opportunities, the Ask a Mentor Service offers students the chance to have one-off conversations with our mentors. This service is open all-year round, and students can apply via Engage

ISE/ProjectSet Bootcamps

This is a free 10-week virtual skills training programme for current students and recent graduates. Through weekly interactive sessions and micro-projects (see program details here), the Skills Bootcamp is designed to help develop employability skills, build a digital portfolio, and connect to a variety of internship and job opportunities. There is an introductory session on 23rd June.

Bright Network Internship Experience UK

As the UK’s biggest internship experience, it’s supported 75,000+  students and graduates with their career. It’s completely virtual and can be completed from anywhere. Here’s what it offers:

  • A three-day immersive programme by sector run by leading employers and industry experts
  • Internship-like industry experience 
  • A certificate on completion 

The first deadline is 22nd June.

SRS Skills for Success webinars

This is a free webinar series starting on 15th June, covering topics such as Building Resilience, Overcoming Imposter Syndrome, Being an Authentic Leader. Open to students, recent graduates and staff members!