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We offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities to help you stand out in the graduate job market.

Chester Difference Award

The Chester Difference Award (CDA) is an employability award that aims to provide recognition for students who take part in a variety of extra-curricular activities during their time at the University of Chester. It is designed to help you reflect on the experiences you have gained and enhance your employability. It is a points-based system. The number of points for an activity is based on the time commitment and responsibility of the role. The CDA is recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report. You will receive a certificate and an invitation to our annual celebration evening.

We currently offer 3 levels of the award:

  • The Chester Difference Award (CDA)
    10 points
  • The Chester Difference Plus Award (CDPA)
    15 points
  • The Chester Difference Excellence Award (CDEA)
    15 points plus completing CDEA Assessment Centre

Careers Workshops

Want to develop skills that employers are looking for? Get involved in our skills training workshops to gain and develop the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers want.

Current students and graduates can access more information in CareerHub.

Venture Programme

If you’re interested in starting up your own business, being self-employed, freelancing or innovating within an organisation, our Venture Programme will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge. Our events will challenge your thinking, expose you to the business world and give you the opportunity to make something happen.

Mentoring and Volunteering

If you’re interested in helping others, while at the same time, enhancing your own personal development, you may be interested in the University’s Mentoring and Volunteering schemes. These are great ways to enhance your skillsets and experience, especially if your host employer is linked to your chosen career path, as this will add to your CV and your prospects after you graduate. These schemes also help you to build your network of connections to enable you to get to your chosen career destination.