Unifrog identifies 12 competencies, or employability skills, which they feel underpin every soft skill potential employers and further education institutions look for from students. They include aiming high, creativity, leadership, problem solving, teamwork and independence. This model helps our students have an understanding of their innate strengths as well as those soft skills they will need to work on. These conversations about transferable skills are vital in helping lay the foundations of employability alongside our coaching to help students understand the modern job market. The Unifrog competencies also link in really well with our ACTIVE approach to learning in the Senior School.
Careers in the Prep School
For the first time this academic year, we have also introduced Unifrog into Year 6 and it links with our Qualities Girls approach to learning in the Prep School. Talking about employability skills early helps students understand the tools they will need in their future studies and future careers and can be done in an age appropriate way; for example talking about being a good listener, being reliable, being adaptable or being a good friend.
Unifrog careers quizzes
We look at the careers search in different ways – via the traditional route, through a love or passion for a particular subject, through a genuine interest and by students taking quizzes on Unifrog. Again, this is age appropriate, so Year 7 students take an interest quiz; in Year 9 we set a personality quiz, and in Year 10 there is a skills quiz. In Year 11 and the Sixth Form, the questions are based more on different work environments. By answering questions using smiley faces, students are directed to the Unifrog careers library and this helps them look at options in a different way.
Based on a student’s responses, their Unifrog profile will list the skills required for each career option, what the day to day role includes, careers pathways and progressions. The platform then links to university pages so older students can view which institutions offer courses relevant to the career they are considering along with entry requirements.