Developing professional skills


Why not raise your professional game?

Here’s some great news: doing a St Andrews Maths & Stats degree will provide you with the skills to be an excellent mathematician/statistician, including a number of skills that have a much wider application than just for your academic studies. These transferable skills are what can make a real difference to landing the job that you want, be it in or out of academia, and being successful in the workplace.

You probably already display a number of excellent professional behaviours too. Do you remember signing the Sponsio Academica when you matriculated at the University in September? It includes a list of professional behaviours that the University values and includes things such as integrity, politeness, punctuality and tolerance; all things that can help make you distinct from your competition when it comes to forging successful careers.

CAPOD loves to help students develop their professional skills and behaviours whilst they’re still at University (in fact, CAPOD can help you develop your academic and IT skills too). One thing you can do right now to help you get a head start in developing professional skills to complement your academic ones is to take part in the Professional Skills Curriculum (PSC).

Each year hundreds of students engage with the PSC. It’s a development programme for all students that aims to help you build the skills you’ll need post-graduation. There are over 30 skills topics on offer, everything from leadership to teamwork, assertiveness to negotiation, and time management to great communication (after all, you don’t want to be the workmate who’s irrational and goes on and on!) You can dip in and out of the programme as you please, and in a way that suits your learning style. The topics are delivered through a mixture of evening and lunchtime lectures, online workshops and practical skill sessions. The mathematicians who have taken part in the PSC before have really valued their experience.

You can find out more about the PSC, this year’s timetable, and even how you can turn your attendance into an award on your degree transcript here , or if you want to learn a bit more about what else CAPOD can do for you, visit here.

Thanks for reading!

Best of luck for the rest of the week!

Monique & Catriona Wilson (CAPOD)


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