Are you a leader, negotiator or team player?

Graduate Attributes is about recognising what you are already good at and building up the skills you need to succeed in your life at, and beyond, university. Opportunities to develop your Graduate Attributes Profile could come from a wide range of different activities both in and out of your taught programmes. It could be building up the ability to negotiate with and offer leadership to other students in a class project or expanding your awareness of the global environment in which we work by volunteering on one of the schemes with local community groups. Constructing a wide ranging profile will help you to make the most of your time at university, to develop as a person and to become an attractive employee and colleague in the wider world of work.

Work collaboratively

Working on a software engineering programme, where students work in groups, has helped Anthony Schafer, a third year Electronic Engineering and Computer Science student, develop the skills to influence, negotiate and lead.

‘Working in a team of eight students’, he says, ‘is a challenging task but leading a group gives you even more responsibilities. Besides managing your own time and tasks, you also have to navigate the workflow within the group to make sure that deadlines are met’.

Negotiation and communication skills are important when members of the group have conflicting ideas and, as a leader, Anthony needed to learn how to motivate his team to work collaboratively.

Apply and expand your knowledge

Samerah Saeed, a third year medical student believes that her medical degree is encouraging her to engage critically with knowledge. She says,

‘Through the use of problem based learning as well as clinical teaching, I have been able to use knowledge I have acquired in lectures and private study, and apply it when on clinical placements.’

Reflecting on her clinical placements has helped her learn from her experiences. Participating in extra-curricular activities can also help develop important attributes.

Communicate with clarity

Ashley Smith, a second year Geography student, says that running his own business alongside his degree has given him experience in applying different forms of communication in various social, professional and cultural settings.

‘Running your own business requires exceptional communication skills that you are able to adapt depending on the environment in which you are operating’,

Ashley explains,

‘When I received a grant from the Student Enterprise Award to help launch Stag Musicians, I was asked to present the business to a range of people at the University including the Principal and the Vice Principals’.

In order to help you explore all the ways you can develop your Graduate Attributes Profile, QMUL Distinction includes information about how to ensure you emerge at the end of your degree as a distinctive graduate. Here you can find out which on-campus extra-curricular activities develop which attributes and watch videos of current students reflecting on their development throughout their degrees and extra-curricular activities. Their experiences might help you think about the attributes you already possess.