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Being collaborative is all about working well with others to achieve a shared goal. As an individual, this means taking on a role within the team, sharing responsibilities and contributing ideas. 

Collaboration requires strong communication skills. As well as expressing ideas and concerns clearly, it involves listening to others, considering their opinions and acknowledging their contributions. Being able to negotiate, advise, influence, encourage and inspire all form part of effective teamwork. 

Working with other people requires flexibility. There may be changing demands, or a need to compromise on your own ideas and support decisions you don’t fully agree with. At times, this can involve managing conflict within the group: staying patient and positive in working towards an understanding or agreement. Skilled collaborators use emotional intelligence to understand and respond to the behaviour and views of other group members. 

Collaboration features among the top competencies valued by employers. While individuals can be expected to bring particular strengths and skills to the workplace, most graduate roles involve being able to work well with others, either internally, or externally.

How can you demonstrate collaboration?   

These are just some examples of what you can do while you’re at Newcastle.   

On your course 

  • Be a committed team member on a group project by focusing on achieving the team’s aims and objectives. Arrange meetings and catch ups to work on tasks and problems together, rather than dividing it up and working independently.

  • Collaborate with University staff to create positive change for students by representing your School or course.

  • Choose a careers module, where you can gain academic credit for joining, or creating, a professional team.

  • Take part in school events such as enterprise challenges, where you can work with students from other Schools or faculties. 

  • Collaborate in practical settings such as labs by offering assistance, sharing knowledge and encouraging others where appropriate.

Outside your course 

  • Undertake work experience. It doesn’t need to be related to your degree subject, but it can show an employer that you’re able to collaborate within a workplace environment.  


    Develop skills in teamwork through supporting and encouraging others socially and academically as a mentor. For example, through the FutureMe Mentor scheme, or the University Library's Peer Mentoring Programme.
  • Apply to be part of the team of student ambassadors, inspiring young people, while representing and promoting Newcastle University.  

  • Work with and enrich your local community as a community rep.

  • Join a sports club and commit to training regularly.  

  • Create or join a society and take an active role in it.  

  • Volunteer – Go Volunteer in the Students’ Union has lots of opportunities to meet new people and work in teams. 

  • Take on a part-time job, including opportunities on campus. Part-time roles usually involve team work, especially in customer service roles. 

  • Start a joint business venture with support from our START UP team, or network with like-minded people at START UP events. 

  • Put together your own team and sign up for a joint-entry student competition.
  • Register for the ncl+ Award to gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities and reflect on the skills you’ve gained.  

  • Update your technical skills for virtual collaboration, using Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways

Related skills: engaged; creative, innovative & enterprising; confident

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