Employability and skills development

It is our aim that you should graduate from Reading not only with a life-long interest in your subject, but also with a range of transferable skills that will help develop your career. These include IT skills such as programming and data analysis, presentation skills both written and oral, team work and research methods and techniques.

In your second year you will undertake a 'skills for graduates' module which will enhance your existing skills and develop new ones. As well as covering generic skills like oral and written presentations and team-working, this module includes sessions on CV writing and applying for jobs. Several subsequent modules then build on these skills with further opportunities to work in teams, give presentations to varied audiences and write scientific reports, with help and advice from the university's student careers team.

We build on this with our annual department careers event, normally held in February, where both undergraduate and postgraduate students are invited to attend presentation and networking sessions with potential employers in a wide range of sectors. There are also opportunities for your final year research project to be conducted in collaboration with a relevant organisation.

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