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Working in diverse teams
Working in diverse teams

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6 Summary

You have now reached the end of this 8-week course on working in diverse teams – well done!

It is worth taking a moment now to consider the breadth of material you have covered in this course and what you have learnt that could be of use to you in either finding work or developing your career.

Employers are keen to employ candidates with teamwork skills and in this course you have examined the advantages of working in teams and in particular the benefits that increased diversity brings to the team performance and ultimately the performance of the business. You have taken time to consider what diversity means for you and your experience of working in diverse teams and groups.

While team-working is advantageous to employers, you have recognised that working in diverse teams can bring problems. Differences in values and information levels within a team can be a catalyst for conflict and in order for an employer to be confident that these teams will work successfully, they will be looking for candidates who can evidence their competency in a number of key skills including communication and conflict resolution.

In Week 1 you recognised that not only did employees sometimes lack the necessary skills to work effectively in teams, but when they had them they often could not communicate them effectively during the application process. This is not just a problem for employers as they are going to miss employing candidates who really do have the skills necessary for their businesses to thrive, it is also a problem for you as an individual looking for a job.

Being able to communicate and market your skills to employers in a way that they can see them as part of the interview or assessment centre activities is something you can learn to do better. Having an idea of what an employer is looking for you to display and how they are judging your performance is a great starting point for performing better. You have ended this course in Week 8 with an exploration of the ways that employers assess for teamwork skills and looked at some strategies which will help you better communicate your experience of working in teams.

Do remember that this course is one which you may want to return to in order to evaluate new experiences you get of working in teams. If you currently feel that you lack examples to draw on, then do return to the first weeks where you can consider how you can increase your experience of working in teams. Once you have a bank of examples you can then consider them from the point of your role in the team and assess the stages that the team went through in formation and performance and your input into this.

What you have learnt here is a process which will help you evaluate your experience of working in teams against the competencies that employers are looking for. You should now be more confident in how you can gain this kind of experience and how to record this experience so that you can use it when you come to applying for a new role or progression within your current field.