Ulster University’s popular employability award is being refreshed to further develop student employability skills. The Ulster EDGE Award, sponsored by PwC, allows full and part-time undergraduates to complete a variety of extra and co-curricular activities alongside their normal studies.
Participation in EDGE activities gives students a competitive edge when it comes to applying for jobs upon graduating, as they can show potential employers evidence of their competency in various areas.
Mark Lawson, a BSc Hons Psychology graduate from Coleraine campus, was the overall winner in the 2016-17 EDGE Excel Award, which he says gave him a variety of skills.
“Everywhere is so competitive right now, employers want more than a degree, so EDGE will definitely help you stand out and will help you gain the skills you need for employment. My communication skills, teamwork skills and leadership skills were greatly enhanced through EDGE.”
The EDGE Award is currently split into categories with over 150 activities for students to choose from, but the refreshed offering will see these renamed to more clearly demonstrate the range of the activities on offer and to help students make more informed choices about their career development.
Shauna McCloy, Head of Employability, said the programme will do this in various ways, by creating opportunities for developing academic excellence and providing structured support for exploring and fine tuning personal and professional skills, through its accredited activities.
“The EDGE Award also helps to develop students’ global vision through international placement and study abroad experiences, and via the global ambassador scheme.”