Welcome to Occumi
Welcome to Occumi, if you want to give yourself the best chance at standing out to employers you are in the right place!
Occumi has been designed to help you to identify, understand, and articulate the transferable skills that you are likely to have developed from your education and work experience.
Find out more below about how Occumi works, and how you can use our platform to help improve your employment prospects.
What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are a core set of skills and abilities, which can be applied to a wide range of different jobs and industries.
Transferable skills are developed from many areas of life, including your education and work experience and are extremely valued by entrepreneurs.
Why are transferable skills important?
Transferable skills are becoming more important for students and graduates, as employers are increasingly looking for transferable skills when recruiting early talent. Employers are now putting a greater impetus on students showing that they have developed skills that can be transferred to the workplace during their studies.
There are a plethora of reports that highlight the importance of transferable skills in the future of the world of work. Many highlight the reason for the increased importance of these skills deriving from the increasing prevalence of artificial intelligence and automation meaning that it is crucial that organisations understand how their employees can transfer into different roles within.
Every student develops a variety of transferable skills from their educational qualifications and work experience – however many are unable to identify or articulate these skills, nor do they realise how important they are to employers.
By understanding your own transferable skills, you will be more likely to be able to stand out to employers, improve your understanding of what employers are looking for, and recognise just how many different career paths your transferable skills could lead you to.
What is Occumi?
Helping Students to Discover Their Skills
Occumi is a tool which allows all students and graduates to identify, understand and articulate the transferable skills that they have developed from their educational qualifications and work experience.
Occumi is able to identify a student’s skills thanks to our unique skills identifying algorithm which is backed up by extensive research. With over 1600 unique data points including the input of over 650 university lecturers, course outlines, and existing research; Occumi’s algorithm is able to accurately identify the skills of any student or graduate – all the student needs to do is enter their educational qualifications and work
Once they have entered their educational qualifications and work experience, each student will be instantly presented with a skills dashboard. The dashboard allows users to see all of the transferable skills that they have developed from their education and work experience, providing definitions and additional information on each skill and allows them to reflect on the skills that they have developed.
Stand Out with the Skills Chart
Research has found that there are differences in perceived career prospects between different demographics of students. Those from widened participation backgrounds and first generation university students have been found to struggle to sell themselves to employers. Occumi’s Skills Chart acts as a way to help all students let their skills stand out, regardless of their background. The Skills Chart neatly presents the user’s top 5 transferable skills, and can be applied to a CV or shared on LinkedIn to highlight the user’s strengths.
Easily Accessible and Efficient
In many cases an educational institution’s careers service is not able to give every student a 1-on-1 meeting to help them discover the importance of their transferable skills. Occumi allows an unlimited number of students within a partner institution to identify their skills, as Occumi is cloud based, students can login remotely – even on their mobile devices. Not only is it easily accessible, but Occumi is also time efficient with it taking an average of 5 minutes for a student to be presented with their dashboard and skills chart.
How to Use Occumi
Here you will find a user guide for Occumi. Occumi has been designed to be easy to understand, and includes a guided tour to assist you through the process. However, to help highlight just how easy it is to discover your transferable skills with Occumi, we have produced a written guide and a short walkthrough video.
Sign-in using your personal email address and
University email address. (using your personal email address will allow us to recover your account after you have graduated, if you do not wish to use your personal email address, you can use your university email address for both boxes.
You will also be required to create a password at this stage. If you ever lose your password, you can recover it when you next try to sign in.
Once signed up and logged in, you will be required to accept our Terms and Conditions, and you will also have the option to Opt in to receiving job opportunities that are suited to their skill sets (this is a feature that is not currently active but we are working on it! By opting in you may be sent relevant jobs based on your skillset once the feature is operational).
Personal information & Optional questions
You will be prompted to complete a set of compulsory questions with some topline information about yourself.
You will also have the option to complete a set of demographic questions any answers to these questions remain anonymous and are not linked to your account. (You can skip these ones if you like, but by completing them, it helps us produce useful diversity reports for your institution.)
Educational Qualifications Input
Students are required to add all of their educational qualifications, from Further education level and above. If students are currently studying for a qualification, they should enter their predicted/ expected grade.
Work Experience Input
Students are required to add all of their work experience. Students are required to enter their position, the role, and the duration they worked there for.
Once students have entered their educational qualifications and work experience, they are instantly presented with their personalised skills dashboard. The dashboard includes all of the skills that our algorithm has identified from their education and work experience.
6.1 Skills Chart
The Skills chart is a visual representation of a student’s top 5 transferable skills. The skills chart can be downloaded as a png and be attached to a CV, or shared on LinkedIn to allow a student to make their skills stand out.
Students can drag and drop other skills they have developed into their top 5 in order to alter their skills chart with skills that they may want to show a particular employer.
6.2 Additional Skills Information
Each skill has a brief description included on the dashboard, and in depth details about the skill itself, where it can be beneficial, and what opportunities it can be used for can be found.
Each skill will show the student what educational qualification or work experience led to the development of that skill. This encourages students to reflect on specific examples on
where they used that skill.
6.3 Skills profiles
Every skill on Occumi has its own descriptive skill profile. These profiles are found by clicking “read more” for any skill your top 5 (remember you can drag any of the skills on your dashboard into your top 5 to then access it’s skill profile). The skill profiles are one of the most important parts of Occumi as each one will help you develop a greater understanding of the skill. The skills profiles tell you exactly what is meant by each skill, and give you examples as to where this skill can be useful across different industries and job roles. The goal of the skills profiles is to give you the information and knowledge you need to improve your articulation of these skills in the employment process.
Once you have spent some time learning about the different skills on your dashboard, and identifying where you may have developed this skill, it is time to reflect. Reflecting on your own experiences that have led to the development of your transferable skills will help you to think of your own personal examples where you have had to use each of these skills. These personal examples are crucial in the employment market as they can be incorporated into your CV, job applications and interview answers to help you show employers that you have the skills listed on the job description!