My Skills Development – on CareerConnect

Use our online skills development tool to help you explore and develop 10 top graduate skill areas. Employers tell us they look for these when hiring graduates.

In CareerConnect simply click on skills on your homepage to get started or use this link to skills

You can:

  1. Assess your current skill levels using the Skills Audit.
  2. Learn more about where you are at with our Skills Profile and identify which skills you would like to develop further. You can retake the audit to see how your skills have changed over time in The Careers Passport.
  3. Explore and discover new ways to develop your skills at The University of Manchesterr (and beyond) in the Skills Pathways.
  4. Prepare for applications– Write Skills Statements to use in future job/study applications.
  5. Reflect on your next step - See your activity at a glance with the Careers Passport. Discuss your progress and plans with Careers staff.

Which skills?

The Skills Pathways will give you more information on the different skills to help you identify areas you would like to develop. You will be given examples of how those skills may be used in the workplace and options for how to find activities to develop your skills further. Finally the Pathway looks at how you can articulate your skills at application and interview.

The following skills areas and skills are covered:


  • Collaborating
  • Active listening
  • Planning and organising

Digital Proficiency

  • Digital tools and software
  • Data analysis
  • Digital citizenship

Ethics. Diversity, and Sustainability

  • Social responsibility
  • Inclusivity
  • Cultural awareness


  • Positive mindset
  • Self-awareness
  • Motivation and purpose

Interpersonal Skills

  • Becoming an effective communicator
  • Developing emotional intelligence
  • Growing your network

Personal Skills

  • Taking the initiative
  • Learning to lead
  • Developing your social intelligence

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

  • Understanding innovation
  • Developing your commercial awareness
  • Influencing


  • Managing change
  • Coping with ambiguity
  • Transferable skills

Career Development

  • Career information
  • Access to opportunity
  • Career readiness

Critical Thinking

  • Problem solving
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Critical thinking