Welfare and Support

Effective Team Work

Effective team work is highly important and one of the top skills that employers look for in graduates because it shows you have the ability to communicate, organise and influence. Being able to work well with other colleagues helps keep a team driven, co-ordinated and inspired which ultimately helps an organisation to achieve its goals and objectives. A high performance team is filled with individuals who possess the mindset, attitude, motivation, commitment and passion towards the team's goals because they coincide with their own needs.

When explaining your teamwork skills on a CV or at an interview you will need to demonstrate how you contributed to a team’s success. You can do this by showing how you achieved a team result through your personal actions, such as figuring out a new way of doing things that allowed your team to work more efficiently.

Team work is one of the only areas where you should not be talking just about your personal achievements, but how you benefited a team as a whole.

If you have part-time, volunteering or internship experience, chances are you already have a range of team working examples to draw from. If you don’t then getting involved with extra curricular activities (ECAs) or sports teams are a easy way to gain valuable team working experience.

Effective team work can benefit an organisation in the following ways:

  1. Combines individual strengths where the sum is greater than the parts.
  2. Encourages creativity and ideas. Individuals are more likely to take constructive risks when supported by a team
  3. Builds trust and camaraderie
  4. Allows sharing of knowledge, enabling individuals to learn and grow
  5. Promotes better problem solving and task management
  6. Creates a wider sense of ownership which fosters enthusiasm and optimism
  7. Increased productivity
  8. More independence and the ability to make decisions
  9. Better time management and the ability to delegate tasks
  10. Inspirational and forward thinking

Good Leadership

Good leadership and team management is about inspiring people to work to the best of their capabilities. Leadership and team management vary slightly in terms of their responsibilities, where team management focuses on developing the strengths of a team, while leadership focuses on strategy and setting a course of action.

It can be said that leadership is similar to teamwork with added responsibility. Due to their positive qualities, good leaders are highly sought after by employers even if they are not being hired for a management job. A leader must be brave, build trust among team members, be inspirational and good at delegating tasks.

When referencing team leadership skills on a CV or at an interview you will need to demonstrate how you personally impacted a team’s success through positive influence. You should use words like ‘managed’ and ‘delegated’. For example you could say that due to multiple deadlines approaching you divided each task and delegated them to team members based on their current workloads.

You can gain leadership skills by volunteering to head up a community project or applying for a position of authority within a club or society. You might also like to consider volunteering to assist in running an event or activity at UBD.

Stress Management

Assignments, deadlines and university life, together with the social pressure to excel academically and achieve a successful career can easily lead to an increase in stress levels.

According to Hungarian scientist Hans Selye, stress is someone's reaction towards an environmental demand and is a normal occurrence. During normal levels of stress, our body releases hormones meant for survival which can help boost the immune system. However, high levels of stress can be detrimental to our academic and personal life if left unchecked.