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Lincoln Award – Graduate Pathway

The Lincoln Award is an employability framework designed to support you in preparing for your future.  Whatever career route you decide to take you will need to be able to communicate the skills you have developed and how these relate to the job role or opportunity.

This Lincoln Award pathway supports graduates to develop and learn how to demonstrate their employability skills; as well as taking part in relevant activity you will be supported to reflect on your experiences and learn how to apply your skills to any part of a recruitment process.  By completion of the award, you will feel confident in your career direction, skills and understanding of the recruitment process.

How do I start the Lincoln Award Graduate Pathway?

Please email the Lincoln Award Team and we will send you details to get you started.

The Award Structure

The award is divided into Explore, Develop and Apply to support you to focus on these different elements of essential preparation. See below for an image of the structure or click here to see an accessible, printable version.

Award Structure

You can see more about each section of the Lincoln Award via the drop downs below.


This first section of the Lincoln Award is all about exploring your skills, strengths, motivations, and career options.

Step 1: Complete the 2 activities below

Skills Assessment

Complete and save this interactive pdf document.
This activity will take you 20-30 minutes and support you to reflect on your current skillset and identify areas you would like to develop. Job Match Strengths Profile

Register for an account to complete your profile.
Prospects are a national organisation who work with university careers services to provide students and graduates with a wealth of information on career options, the labour market and recruitment practices.

Step 2: Complete your Skills Map

Skills Map

Use this exercise to reflect on and combine the results of the previous 2 activities.  This will support you to:

  • Reflect on your current skills and strengths
  • Increase your awareness of different career routes
  • Plan your next steps to develop the skills required

Step 3: Submit your Skills Map on your Lincoln Award digital pathway

Digital Pathway

Log-in to CareerLinc using your University username and password. Click on “Pathways” at the top menu bar and your Lincoln Award pathway will show as available. Click “Preview” to see full details and then “Start Now”. Once on your pathway simply click on the Skills Map activity icon to upload and submit.

If after completing these activities, you would like further support with your career ideas, please book a guidance appointment here; Careers Guidance Appointment


In order to complete the Lincoln Award Develop section, you will need to have completed 40 hours of Experience Activity and achieved 30 points in total from the Employability Activity options.

To complete your Develop- Experience activity simply submit some evidence on your digital pathway on CareerLinc  This can be a payslip, volunteer log, email confirmation or any other form of evidence.

To complete your Develop- Employability Activity section you need to achieve 30 points.  There are a variety of different activities available worth 5, 10, and 20 points. Your digital pathway will allow you to submit any point combination to have your 30 points verified.

Once you have completed both elements of the Develop section you will have the opportunity to reflect on your experiences. This will allow you to identify the skills you have developed and check back with the action plan from your Skills Map.  Once you have completed this you will be ready to go on to the Apply section to complete the award.

Experience Activities

If you are looking for opportunities here are some useful places to start:


CareerLinc is our online portal where all vacancies are advertised, graduate roles, schemes and internships.  You can apply for internships exclusive for Lincoln graduates with local business through CareerLinc. Search internships and look out for any that have ‘UOL Talent’ in the advert. Click here for more information about internships. Now you have your graduate account set up you can simply log-in to get started! CareerLinc

We can support you with applying for opportunities- visit our Services For Graduates page for more details. Graduate Homepage


Do It is the UK’s national digital volunteer matching service connecting people who want to donate their time and skills to charities and community causes. Do It website

Employability Activities

For this section you need to complete activities to achieve 30 points in total.  Here are some ideas of activities you may wish to complete.

10 points

  • Interview Review Tool– this is a great tool to develop your interview skills. Try out as many interviews as you like and receive feedback. Evidence this by uploading a screen shot of your feedback on your digital pathway.
  • Strengths Profile Course – this consists of taking a Strengths Profile and attending a workshop to understand and explore your results. Look out for this opportunity which will be bookable on our events calendar. Events Calendar

5 points

  • Careers & Employability Workshops– a whole range of workshops are facilitated on a daily basis and covering whole range of topics from skills development to career routes. You can see these on your digital pathway and the first one can be booked there.  For further sessions (attend as many as you like for 5 points each) please evidence on the additional 5 points sections by providing a screen shot of your marked attendance.  All events are bookable via our calendar.Events Calendar
  • Employer or Industry Events– Careers & Employability host local, national, and global employers throughout term time, this is an amazing opportunity to hear from employers directly about their opportunities and expectations from candidates. These can be found on our calendar. You can also use an employer event attended through your school or independently.Events Calendar
  • Careers On Demand– Did you know if you miss an event you can watch the recording and this can also count towards your Lincoln Award? You must watch at least 30 minutes of a session to count this activity- please submit details on your digital pathway and we will verify this for you. Click here to watch past Employer Events and recorded Careers & Employability Workshops can be found here.
  • Online Learning– 30 minutes of online learning and a completed reflection sheet is a 5 point Develop- Employability Skills Activity. We have 8 LinkedIn Learning Pathways based on our Skills Assessment.  Alternatively, you can pick from any of our other recommended courses or find your own.  Full details and the reflection sheet can be found here.
  • British Sign Language– online courses are available here for only a small donation.
    For students on the Lincoln Award there are also many skills sessions which support you to develop practical skills such as first aid or sign language. You will be updated regularly on all events throughout your time on the award.
  • You can also use any training you might be doing for a 5-point activity- this could be as required for your job or volunteering role e.g. health & safety or food hygiene. If you would like to check the eligibility of an activity, simply submit it on your pathway or get in touch with us via email.
  • Lincoln Connect– Would you like to gain valuable insight and make connections with those established in careers you aspire to?  Join Lincoln Connect and start building relationships.  Complete the reflection sheet to use this for a 5 point Activity. Lincoln Connect Reflection Sheet


This is the final stage of the Lincoln Award and focusses your development so far on the recruitment process.  You need to complete all the elements below and pass the Assessment Centre to complete the award.

CV Review Tool

Put your CV through our CV Review Tool. This tool uses AI technology to read your CV and provide instant feedback.  Many employers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) which apply this technology.

We recommend you keep working on the feedback suggestions until you achieve a score of above 70. To evidence please upload a screenshot of your feedback on your digital pathway.

To get started please click the link here; CV Review Tool sign in.

You will need to select ‘alumni sign-up’ and enter the code provided to you on your Lincoln Award pathway (instructions and code can be found at the CV Review Tool stage of the Apply section).

Skills Assessment Review

You will return to your Skills Assessment before completing the session below- further details will be sent to you.

Communicating Skills to Employers

This recorded session will allow you to reflect on your journey so far, the skills you have developed and career ideas you have formed.  Self-directed activities will support you to develop your confidence applying your skills to any recruitment process. Click here to watch. 

Preparing for the Assessment Centre

This 1-hour long group session will prepare you for the Assessment Centre Experience.  It will focus on how to approach activities and provide suggestions and tips for maximising your score.  This is a live session, and you can book this through your digital pathway.

Assessment Centre Experience

To complete the Lincoln Award, you must meet the pass criteria at one of our assessment centres.  We provide assessment centres throughout the year, so you won’t ever have too long to wait when you are ready to finish. Each of our Assessment Centres is partnered with an employer to ensure you have the most realistic experience.  You can see more details on our assessment centres here: 

Assessment Centre Experience