Developing professional skills is an essential component of a graduate student's career; whether it's speaking at a conference, learning how to network with other academics, or preparing your first vitae. The Graduate College has identified 6-essential skills to help graduate students and postdocs become successful in their respective disciplines. The six core competencies are: Career, Communication, Management, Research, Teaching, and Wellness.

    Participants
    • Master's Students
    • Doctoral Students
    • Postdoc
    Skills Emphasized
    • Communication and presentation
    • Writing
    • Professional networking
    • Research development
    • Governance, risk and compliance
    • Project management and budget management
    • Job search
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    • Teaching
    • Research ethics
    Services Offered
    • Career Counseling
    • Workshops
    • Individual Development Plan (IDP)
    • Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)
    External Partners
    • Private companies/industry
    • Federal agencies
    • Alumni
    University Collaborations
    • Career services/career center
    • Communications program
    • Teaching and learning center
    • Graduate and Professional Student Senate
    • Post-doc Association

     

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