George’s Award is an initiative where students can showcase the skills they’ve developed in academic and extracurricular activities by building an online portfolio on Canvas.
Staff can support their students by increasing awareness about the Award among students and colleagues, and encouraging students to actively reflect on their skills development by highlighting how specific academic training and non-academic activities can be included in one’s portfolio.
Where will your skills take you?
Do you want to stand out from the crowd? Show your additional skills beyond your degree? Demonstrate that you are career ready?
Whatever you do after you finish your degree, our goal is to help you build long-term transferable skills that will benefit you throughout your whole career. Take part in the St George’s Skills and Recognition Award and prepare a record of reflections to support your continuing professional development before you graduate.
During your time at St George’s, you will not only develop your skills in your course-related activities but you will also be taking part in lots of extra-curricular activities. These might be on campus, in your own community or perhaps you have a part-time job.
George’s Award offers you the opportunity to make the most of your experience by reflecting on and demonstrating 11 essential transferrable skills (listed below).
There are two types of Award – the George’s Skills and Recognition Award, when you focus on 7 skills, and George’s Skills Master Award, when you focus on all 11 skills.
Why should you take part?
Make the most of experience you’ve already gained by reflecting and illustrating what you’ve learnt.
Think critically about your skills and how you can demonstrate them with evidence.
Identify any skill gaps for your chosen career path and plan how to fill them
Create an online portfolio of your work and achievements that you can easily share to enhance your career prospects.
Get one to one support from SGUL Careers Consultants with your skill reflection and career management
To claim an Award you need to
Enrol on the Canvas George’s Skills and Recognition Award module
Use STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result/Reflection) forms to reflect on and illustrate 7 or 11 of the Award skills
Upload materials to evidence your skills, such as photos, videos, blog posts etc, where available
Meet with a Careers Consultants during your process of reflecting on your skills.
Write a summary reflection about your overall experience and skills gained to be reviewed by the Award panel.
The 11 skills are: Communication, Digital literacy, Innovation and creativity, Interpersonal, Leadership and management, Analysis, Planning & Organisation, Problem solving, Research & Investigation, Teamwork.
You can contact the Careers Consultants by booking an appointment via Canvas or via email.
Your STAR forms, evidence, and summary reflection will be reviewed by the Award panel and you may receive feedback if specific points need to be addressed.
Your Award will be acknowledged through a certificate offered to you at Graduation each year.
To be awarded at the end of the current academic year, you need to complete your skills for the type the Award you wish to obtain by 31 March. If applicable, you will receive feedback and a final decision by 30 April.
Ready to start?
If you have any questions or unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org