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Want to improve your leadership or presentation skills, focus on your wellbeing or feel more confident with Microsoft Excel?

Our new learning engine matches you to recommended resources to develop key competencies sought after by employers. The more you use it, the better magpie will understand your preferences and tailor the content to you.

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What is magpie?

magpie is an online personalised learning engine aimed at developing essential career skills. It tailors its content to match your needs and suggests useful learning tools that are specific to you in order to help you develop skills to succeed in your line of work. 

Read our blog: How can I develop my skills during Covid-19? Magpie has the answer


How does it work?

When you register your magpie account, you will be asked a number of questions about your learning style and current skill levels. Magpie will use your answers to build a personalised profile of your goals, strengths, and weaknesses and recommend a variety of resources, such as blogs, articles, videos and online courses.

The range of resources means you can choose depending on the time available to you. Short on time? Browse a blog. More time to get stuck in? Why not take an online course? Remember you can always bookmark content to revisit at a later date. 

As you continue to develop your skills with magpie, your recommendations will change to keep up with your progress. 

Please note, your suggested content is based on the answers you provide when you initially register your magpie account. However, you can adjust your goals at any time to access the full range of resources.


Why should I use magpie? Watch our student video

As part of our online offering, magpie allows you to develop your career skills anywhere at any time.

Whether you notice a weakness in a skill or you want to get ahead of the curve to impress potential employers, the depth of online resources is always available to help you meet your goals. 

Its ease of use and wide array of resources will help you round out your professional skills at your convenience.

Hear Petru's thoughts on using magpie

In this video Petru discusses magpie, how it works, what it means for you and why you might want to make use of this new online learning engine to aid your career development.



What skills can I develop?

Magpie's unique learning engine pulls resources from a vast library allowing you to develop a range of careers skills such as:

  • leadership
  • teamwork
  • time management
  • Microsoft Office
  • public speaking
  • project management 
  • problem solving
  • commercial awareness
  • data handling
  • work-life balance
  • communication
  • decision making

Worried about productivity while you are studying from home?

We have developed two featured playlists 'Staying Mentally Healthy While Studying From Home' and 'Effective Home Study' to help you achieve your goals during these unprecedented times. You can find these on your personal magpie dashboard. 

You can expect to find a range of resources produced by platforms such as TED talks, Harvard Business Review, FutureLearn, YouTube, LinkedIn and many more. 


How can I develop my skills during Covid-19? 

We've created a short online course if you're looking to prepare yourself for starting a new job soon

Preparing for the workplace

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This resource focuses on identifying the skills you’ll need when you start your next role. By identifying what competencies you’ll need you’ll be supported to develop these virtually.

Login to Moodle to start your preparation


How do I access magpie?

Simply log in to magpie using any of the 'Login' links on this page and your University of Nottingham email.

When first logging in, you will be asked to answer a series of questions to build a personalised learning profile. You'll need around 10 minutes to complete this in one sitting to get the most accurate results. You can change your answers any any point after registering to alter the content you see on the dashboard. 

Once you have completed the registration, the tool is available to use whenever you like. Whether you use magpie on a regular basis to develop your skills or just log in when you want to sharpen a particular skill, magpie will be ready with your personalised suggestions.

Log in on your browser using the link on the right or via your mobile through MyNottingham.

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Careers and Employability Service

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