flags Understanding yourself: the way you work, your strengths, weaknesses, behaviours and preferences is an important skill. Being self-aware will help you to recognize how you learn best and how your actions and behaviours affect those around you.

Self-Awareness with Louise Carey

Being self-aware with the ability to identify your skills, strengths, values and motivations is a crucial step in your search for a graduate career.

Louise is an engaging and motivating Early Careers & Employability specialist. During her career, Louise has worked in graduate recruitment and careers guidance within higher education. Her experience has involved leading and developing one of the UK’s largest IT graduate programmes, as well as providing career coaching and bespoke training programmes for students and graduates. Louise is passionate about supporting students and graduates at the start of their career journey and empowering them to reach their full potential.

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Develop Self-Awareness skills

Visit the Resources Section on Handshake to help you develop your Self-Awareness skills. You'll find support on:

  • Awareness of self and others
  • Developing self-awareness
  • Self-awareness explained
  • Importance of understanding your skills
  • How would you describe your working style?
  • How to strengthen your working relationships

Take part in DofE

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is an internationally recognised self-development course, designed to test yourself as an individual, gain valuable experience and develop various skills. The course is valued by employers as you partake in a variety of volunteering opportunities, activities and expeditions.


Volunteering is a great way to become more self-aware. Check out the Volunteering section of the Work Experience page for further information and opportunities.