OPUS Employability and Enterprise Skills List

This OPUS Employability and Enterprise Skills list aims to help students articulate what skills they have used when participating in opportunities. Many of these skills listed are what employers look for in graduates, so being able to talk about these in interviews, on CVs or when networking, will help students to further develop themselves and acknowledge the progress they are making professionally, academically and socially.

  1. Commercial awareness skills An understanding and appreciation of how business operates and the broader contexts – customers, competitors and suppliers.
  2. Communication skills Including literacy and interpersonal skills, effective listening, reflecting, questioning and presenting (oral , written & non-verbal) – the ability to communicate effectively for different purposes and in different contexts.
  3. Creativity skills Innovation, imagination and intuition; Innovative and imaginative conceptual and creative thinking – an inquiring mind.
  4. Critical thinking skills The ability to observe, analyse, reflect on new knowledge and integrate it with current understanding – being open-minded, questioning, empathetic, analytical and objective.
  5. Enterprise skills Ability to see opportunities that others might not have recognised and see them through.
  6. Information literacy skills The ability to effectively source and manage relevant information.
  7. Intellectual & subject knowledge skills With the skills to apply discipline specific knowledge in a range of contexts and the intellectual curiosity to question accepted wisdom and be open to ideas.
  8. IT and digital literacies IT skills, internet, social media tools.
  9. Language skills Learning and practicing a foreign language.
  10. Leadership skills(Not just about being the lead player in the opportunity, but also about being decisive, having a vision of what you want to achieve and achieving this vision – motivating and co-ordinating group members and taking responsibility for decisions and results.
  11. Networking skills The ability to network effectively and forge lasting relationships.
  12. Numeracy skills Including the ability to apply mathematics in a range of contexts, and financial management skills.
  13. Persuading/negotiating/influencing skills Being able to influence, often gaining a mutually satisfactory outcome through discussion, appreciating alternative perspectives, understanding and establishing trust.
  14. Problem solving and analytical skills Including the ability to make decisions and apply appropriate solutions.
  15. Professional development skills Takes ownership and manages professional development – explores skills, values and interests. Explores the opportunities available and develops skills to promote self.
  16. Project management skills Applies appropriate project management tools and techniques, is able to set goals and plans, manages resources to deliver results and measures success with strong time management and organisational skills.
  17. Research skills Using appropriate methods to find the answer to your question.
  18. Self-management and personal effectiveness skills Including time management, being a self-starter, self-motivated, having a readiness to accept responsibility, and independent working skills.
  19. Social responsibility and global citizenship skills Recognise issues affecting the economy, environment, human rights and how individuals operate as part of a community, on a local or global scale. Skills which develop ethical behaviour, sustainability, citizenship and encourage personal contribution.
  20. Team working skills Ability to work with others effectively, working towards achieving a common goal, recognising and drawing on the strengths of individuals for the best possible outcome.