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Why employers value HSPS graduates

Thinking about and understanding the skills or competencies you have developed from your Cambridge Degree is a crucial aspect to career planning. You will find useful information via the Cambridge Skills Portal.

Employers tell us that they are looking for candidates that can show that they have the following skills:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Research, analysis and evaluation ability
  • Curiosity
  • Self-motivation and desire to achieve
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills (oral and written)
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and creativity
  • Time management producing work to deadlines, and prioritising

An HSPS graduate will have all of these and more. Through your studies you can:

  • Absorb and retain complex information and identify key issues
  • Sift, select relevant information and think logically
  • Express ideas clearly through essay writing and discussion
  • Develop a critical approach
  • Develop investigative, analytical and critical evaluation skills and evaluate information and develop a balanced view of situations
  • Construct reasoned arguments
  • Show a real curiosity in people, organisations and world cultures

You may also have acquired other skills through extra-curricular activities, volunteering, and work experience:

  • Persuading and negotiating (through a committee or team position)
  • Fundraising and handling finances generally
  • Co-operation and initiative (setting up societies or developing one)
  • Organisation: social events, sporting activities
  • Creativity: directing plays, musical involvement, developing promotions for events or to attract new members
  • IT competence: web design, graphics, blogging, spreadsheets and databases