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7 – The magic number?

We have a seven second window of opportunity to make that first impression. Only 7% of communication is based on the words we use – according to research by UCLA, 55% of communication stems from our body language alone. But what does this mean in practice?

At our Making an Impression workshops, students in Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester spent a day developing their communication and interpersonal skills in order to make fantastic, professional impressions.

The workshops encouraged the students to consider the concept of a brand and the ways they can develop their own ‘personal brand’. Students reflected on their achievements, their interests and their ambitions, before introducing themselves using their personal ‘elevator pitch’.

Mcr MAI groupworkLater sessions focused on communicating effectively by email and over the telephone, followed by a discussion around the opportunities and professional risks associated with social media and an online presence.

Our sincere thanks go to all of the volunteers who joined our networking sessions and gave the students a valuable opportunity to put their new skills into practice.

“I gained a developed sense of who I am and how I can show others who I am and what I am made of. I made friends because we were all there to learn about something we all faced difficulty with.”

150 of our London and Birmingham students have also been working on their professional development by attending one of the five Futures Days organised for students in our Politics, Law, Media & Communications, Biology & Chemistry and Engineering & Physics sectors.

Career carousels enabled the students to talk to professionals in their desired career and to discover the range of opportunities their sector presents.

From testing their teamwork skills by building a glider to creating a marketing campaign for driverless cars, the students immersed themselvesE&P Futures Day pic for Blogin interactive activities to gain fantastic hands-on experience of what their dream job might involve. Our aspiring lawyers learned about the value of identifying common ground in successful negotiation, the scientists put their heads together to tackle the Zika virus, whilst the politicians and diplomats discussed the small issue of formulating the UK’s human rights foreign policy.

“The glider building session was most enjoyable as I worked with someone that I have never met before. There were moments when our ideas clashed but it has allowed me to learn how to utilise both our ideas and make them work together.”

On behalf of our students, we would like to thank all of the employers and professionals who were instrumental in making each of the five Futures Days a resounding success.

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