Need to fill gaps in your CV? Here’s the solution.

There are 10 top employability skills according to TargetJobs, and your chance to gain them is here.

The University of Southampton is hosting the UK’s 1st International Student Sustainability Research Symposium on April 15th 2015. It’s the chance to share what you’ve learnt from your undergraduate research so far, and how it relates to sustainability.


It’s about social, economic, cultural, and political issues too.


Chances are your research probably contributes to sustainability without you even realising! So why not submit your idea and find out.

If presenting isn’t for you, you could submit your research in a poster form, or get involved by chairing a session, co-ordinating the event day social media, or sitting on the judging committee.

If you’re still not convinced, take a look at the skills you could gain…


You need to show employers that your verbal communication is clear, concise and polished- what better way to do this than present on stage to a large audience?!


You need to show them you can build positive working relationships, join the event team as a social media co-ordinator or as a team member on the judging committee?

Negotiation and persuasion

This is your chance to persuade an audience that your research matters.

Problem Solving

Sharing your research with the world will show employers that you are able to take an analytical approach to resolve issues.

Commercial Awareness

Knowing how a business or industry works. Well if you can apply yourself enough to share your research on an international stage, then you’re going to be conscientious enough to develop business acumen when the time comes!


Leaders need to motivate teams and take charge- standing up on a stage to present will be a great opportunity to motivate yourself (which is the first step to motivating your team), and help you prepare to take charge of a team one day.


Employers want to see that you can manage your time and deadlines effectively, completing final year studies whilst applying yourself to extra-curricular activities with tight deadlines for an international academic symposium will do wonders for this!

Perseverance and motivation

TargetJobs say ‘Employers want people to have a bit of get-up-and-go’. Enough said.

Ability to work under pressure

Presenting research or chairing a session at the symposium will show future employers that you can keep calm and aren’t overwhelmed by stress at a critical moment.


Employers want the magic medium between confidence and arrogance, presenting your academic achievements to an eager crowd will let you practice striking this balance! You should be proud of your ideas and your undergraduate research, but you’ll need to present these professionally and succinctly on stage!

The deadline for presentation/poster applications is Friday 4th March (for Undergrads only!), while other opportunities which are open to all are open until Friday 11th March.

Check out the website now. You will not want to miss this.