Essential Key Skills and Key Qualities required
Key Skills and Key Qualities required for participation in the Study China Programme
It is not essential that you have any existing Chinese language proficiency, a focus of the Programme is for you to gain language skills.
As you will see from the Study China application we ask you questions relating to your motivation for wanting to participate, how the experience will support your current degree and future employability.
We also ask you to provide related experience and examples of key skills and key qualities on the Study China application form as each is essential for the successful completion of this demanding and intensive three week programme.
When considering your key skills and key qualities for the Study China application form the easiest way to do this is by spending a few minutes examining the last five years of your life under the headings, education, work related experience ( remember it does not have to be paid), activities, interests, hobbies, voluntary work.
Put absolutely everything down. Look at each item separately; break them into smaller pieces and extract from each the skills displayed and the related experience or example relating to the skill.
- You may think that your involvement in a university club or society is not important, but it can demonstrate the key skills of team working and organisation.
- Fundraising for a charity or cause can demonstrate the key skill of interpersonal communications
- Refereeing for a football match can demonstrate the key quality of maturity
Listed below are the essential key skills and qualities required for participation in the Study China Programme, the application form asks you to provide brief, clear examples of each.
Essential key skills required
Team working : You need to demonstrate that you are team player but also have the ability to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility. It's about quickly building positive working relationships that help everyone achieve the maximum from the Study China Experience.
Organisation: This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. If you are offered a place the Study China Programme you will have to meet a number of deadlines such as applying for a visa, booking flights, arranging travel insurance, often you will only have a limited amount of time to do this which is why it is important you demonstrate your organisational skills.
Problem solving: You need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues.
Time management : The Study China schedule is intensive however you will need to manage your time successfully to balance the demanding academic requirements of the programme alongside experiencing and exploring the culture and local environment.
Ability to work under pressure: Study China will require you to work in a new and unfamiliar environment therefore the ability to keep calm and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed is essential.
Interpersonal Skills :Study China programme will require you to utilise a range of skills in order to communicate and develop relationships.
Essential Key Qualities required
Adaptability: Able to adapt quickly to new and unfamiliar environments, people and places
Initiative: Demonstrate initiative to overcome problems, obstacles
Common sense: Ability to apply common sense and logic to manage the associated challenges of living in a culture different to your own
Resilience : Perseverance to not give up or become over whelmed by challenging or difficult situations
Maturity : Emotional maturity, behaving in an appropriate, responsible, respectful manner. Consideration of how your actions affect others.