UWE Skilled

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A six-week online course aimed at graduates and final year students who are concerned about the challenges of entering the modern workplace.

Worried about finding work? Don’t be.

We know the pandemic has thrown a lot of plans in the air, whether you’ve been out of University for the past year, or are about to graduate. 

But don’t worry. We’ve teamed up with Skilled to present UWE Skilled – a pioneering six-week online course designed to equip you with the digital and interpersonal skills that modern employers are looking for and help you to nail that next job interview.

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Who are Skilled?

Skilled have an exceptional reputation for the online learning they design, develop and deliver. Their team are pioneers in online education and experts in working collaboratively with universities to launch courses which deliver quality, access and strong outcomes for students.

They conduct research, speak to decision-makers and gather vital data to tailor each course, giving the students they teach, a solid advantage over their peers.

They’re determined to close widening digital and soft skills gaps, and have a passion to empower learners and transform lives.

We feel that these principles match the University’s values and ambitions, to give UWE Bristol students and graduates the best possible employability skills and prepare for their future careers.

What is UWE Skilled?

Find out what you can expect from our new, pioneering course which aims to give you the skills and experience to enter the job market with confidence.

What’s the course all about?

UWE Skilled is about giving you an edge when you enter the job market. You’ll tackle real-world projects, attend online seminars, and join live discussions with a wide range of employers that will interest you.

You’ll meet leading CEOs, get advice from leading companies across a wide range of sectors, and work with some of the fastest growing companies.

It’s a chance for you to gain the skills you need and take action to market yourself and enhance your job search.

It’s the final push towards finding the job you deserve.

How will the course help with my job search?

Hear from Vice-Chancellor, Steve West on how UWE Skilled will help you harness skills that all employers are looking for, no matter what subjects you’ve studied.

Course structure

We know how busy things can be in your final year, so we’ve made sure to keep this course brief and to the point. It’ll take 12-18 hours in total over six weeks, starting 24 May, and for the most part, you can study when you like – all of the training is fully online and delivered through Blackboard to avoid interrupting your degree.

You’ll only need to set time aside for the live seminars and discussions, which will have a set date and time for you to connect. The rest of the course consists of three topics, each split into two weeks’ worth of training followed by a hands-on project.

The first week for each topic will be spent learning and in the second week, you’ll apply what you’ve learned through a collaborative task set by businesses like Apple, Airbnb and Save the Children.

Weeks 1 and 2

Weeks commencing 24 May and 31 May

Think smart. Learn how big businesses use powerful, digital marketing strategies to build, grow, and influence their audience.

Weeks 3 and 4

Weeks commencing 7 June and 14 June

Gathering data is only one part of the puzzle. Learn how ground breaking brands spot patterns and trends to adapt to peoples’ needs. Learn how you can use data analytics to support your job search.

Weeks 5 and 6

Weeks commencing 21 June and 28 June

Harness one of the modern world’s most powerful and fascinating tools. Find out how businesses use AI to change lives – and how you can beat the recruitment algorithms.

How will UWE Skilled prepare me for the world of work?

Listen to Registrar and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) Jo Midgely, talk about how UWE Skilled adds to your degree and helps prepare you for your future career.

Sign up for UWE Skilled

Ready to book your place? Just fill in the contact form. We’ll send over all the information you’ll need to complete the course, including how to enrol on Blackboard, your log-in instructions and dates and times for the live events.

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Your April Feel Good Focus

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by the Feel Good Team

April is national stress awareness month, and with exam season on the horizon, we want to encourage you to take a moment to breathe and look after your mental and physical wellbeing.

And whether you celebrate Easter or not, the Easter break is a great opportunity to do this, so take some time for yourself and eat all the chocolate you want to!

Here are top tips for reducing stress to help you to enter the assessment period with a clear mind.

Do something you love

Ensuring balance is key and whilst it’s great that you might work hard within your course, taking time for yourself each day to do something you love, whether it’s a hobby, crafting or watching a film, will help you to feel more positive and support your academic performance by reducing stress.

Get some sleep

Getting the required amount of sleep will reduce chances of developing poor mental health and will leave you feeling more energised to face the day.

Step outside

Spending time in nature has been found to reduce stress and help with mental health problems such as anxiety or depression. Make sure you take that time away from your screen to engage with the natural world and breath in some fresh air!

Accept the things you can’t change

We often get stressed about things that are beyond our control. Try to focus on the things you can control and don’t let the things you can’t, get under your skin!

Avoid unhealthy habits

We often turn to unhealthy habits such as drinking, smoking and caffeine as a coping mechanism for stress. In the long term, these vices don’t help to solve the problem and often create new ones. Try to develop healthy habits to help support you instead.

Take control

The feeling of losing control can often cause us to feel stressed and effect our wellbeing. Whilst you can’t control everything, trying to take control of your feelings by implementing healthy habits can help you to feel empowered and improve your mood.

For more information on how to manage stress and stress awareness month visit the Stress Management Society to find out more.

And If you’re struggling and you feel like you can’t cope, then it is important to speak to somebody. Visit our wellbeing support options for more information on the support available to you through the University.

Our April recommendations

Book: A Monk’s Guide to Happiness: Meditation in the 21st Century by Gelong Thubten

In our never-ending search for happiness, we often find ourselves looking to external things for fulfilment such as buying material things or getting the next promotion. In this profound and inspiring book, Gelong Thubten shares a practical and sustainable approach to happiness. It’ll will help you to develop compassion for yourself and others and teach you great techniques to help implement meditation techniques throughout the day.

Podcast: Venetia la Manna’s All the small things

In this episode Venetia La Manna chats to Gelong Thubten, (he/him) a Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author of this month’s book recommendation. During the episode Gelong discusses interconnectivity, daily practise and self-forgiveness.

Recipe: Vegan hot cross buns

Try out this Easter classic, these are so easy to make, and you can be sure that they will impress your family and friends!

Activity: Yoga

Yoga can be a great way to help you get moving whilst releasing the stress and tension that might be held in your body. UWE Bristol Sport have some great online yoga classes you can try!