Developing Skills and Experience in a Time of Reduced Employment

David Shull

June 1, 2020

On Wednesday 14th May 2020, Handshake and Gradconsult brought together just under 100 professionals from across the sector to discuss how we could continue to develop skills and experience at a time of reduced employment.

The aims of the online session were to:

  • Create a space for community, collaboration and connection
  • Enable idea generation and exploration
  • Create a change in mindset. It is not just about digitising what you’ve done offline, it is about thinking differently to take advantage of the best elements of virtual connectivity
  • Focus on actionable, pragmatic solutions that participants can implement in the short-term

We asked two sets of questions looking at developing skills and experience beyond virtual internships and the keyskills, behaviours and attributes we need to focus on. For each set of questions, the participants were split into zoom breakout rooms to confidentially discuss their insights, ideas and challenges, with each group sharing back to the main group using PollEV software. We have collated a synthesised summary of the insights from the session in this paper.

To set the scene we asked participants what they were already implementing, they told us:

You can read the full summary here.