Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter

    So, I'm aware of the fact many employers look for soft skills, so I'm wondering of any extra curriculars that develop specific soft skills that sit with my skill set.

    At the moment I'm a private programming tutor online, I help coach basketball in the lower school and that's about it.

    My skills:
    Academically I'm quite adept (All As and A*s at GCSE), taking maths, further maths, physics and computing atm in Year 12.
    I'm fluent in an array of programming languages (Java, C#, C++ and Python)
    I'm not the best at playing basketball but I'm alright
    I'm quite good at karate (my club shut down JUST after I got green belt after only 2 gradings so I'm looking for a new one) although I studied wing chun from 9 - 14 so that helped with my fight sense in general.

    Any ideas for what I could do to gain more soft skills? I've thought of volunteering and tutoring in school but the opportunities are really hard to find where I live.
    Posted on the TSR App. Download from Apple or Google Play

    Tutoring and coaching are great extra-curricular activities to have. It shows you can work and communicate with younger students.

    Do you have something like a local volunteer centre in your town or go on do-it online? They usually have a wide range of volunteering opportunities such as befriending, charity shop work, fundraising, conservation work and admin. If there is nothing in your town, perhaps maybe in the next city/town if it is easy for you to travel.

    If you are wanting to get work experience or volunteering at schools, you can always get into contact with them. Write a letter explaining who you are and what you want to do. Before, I did a lot of volunteering at my old primary school, helping out with the reception classes and preparing materials for art classes and tidying up. If you contact your old school you might have more of a chance?
“Yanny” or “Laurel”
Useful resources

Articles and guides:

Hands typing

Degrees without fees

Discover more about degree-level apprenticeships.

A-Z of careers Advice on choosing a careerCV writing helpCovering letter helpInterview tips

Featured recruiter profiles:

CGI logo

CGI is open for applications

"Offering a range of apprentice and sponsored degree positions."

Deutsche Bank logo

Deutsche Bank is recruiting

"Thrive in an international banking environment"

ICAEW logo


"Merck is a global leader in specialized pharma & chemicals – join us!"

Army logo

The Army is recruiting now

"With hundreds of roles available, there’s more than one way to be the best."

Bianca Miller, runner-up on The Apprentice

Handle your digital footprint

What would an employer find out about you on Google? Find out how to take control.

Quick links:

Unanswered career sector and employment threads

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.