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The 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. The Award is designed to help you reflect on the experiences you have gained and to enhance your employability.

The Award operates on a points-based system and the number of points for an activity is based on the time commitment and responsibility of the activity. The CDA is recognised on your Higher Education Achievement Report and 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 the CDEA Assessment Centre

Current students and graduates can access more information in CareerHub.

Careers Workshops

Do you want to develop skills that employers are looking for?

Careers Workshops are your opportunity to develop skills and learn techniques to help you find a job while you are at university and a career after you graduate. Our Careers Workshops are split into different areas:

  • Career Bites – 30-minute sessions to give you practical tips and information on a range of topics including finding and securing a job
  • Employer Masterclasses – learn important workplace skills directly from employers
  • Themed Weeks – throughout the year we offer themed weeks on topics such as confidence, planning for placements and preparing for life after university

Current students and graduates can access more information in the Events section on CareerHub.

The Venture Programme

Want to explore self-employment or freelancing?

The Venture Programme will help you to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and connections for your business journey. So, if you’re looking to enhance your enterprise skills, start up your own business or pursue a freelancing career, our events will challenge your thinking, expose you to the business world and give you the opportunity to make something happen for yourself.

Venture events are open to all University of Chester and graduates – within two years of graduating – and you can gain recognition for taking part in Venture activities through the Chester Difference Award.

Current students and graduates can access more information in CareerHub.

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.