Develop Your Professional Competencies

Studies show students are confident in their career readiness skills, but employers are less impressed; they indicate students are graduating lacking awareness and / or development of skills needed to meet their expectations. 

Learn more about and develop these seven professional competencies to give yourself a professional edge.

COMMUNICATION

Articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to gain understanding. The ability to deliver information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.

TEAMWORK and INTERPERSONAL

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively with others in a team setting through shared responsibility, empathy and respect. The ability to manage ones emotions and conflict with others while contributing towards a common goal.

LEADERSHIP

Leverage strengths to motivate, collaborate and guide. The ability to use a positive attitude to influence and empower others to reach a shared goal through strategic thinking and effective decision-making.

PROFESSIONALISM and PRODUCTIVITY

Demonstrate integrity, resilience, accountability and ethical behavior. The ability to take initiative, maintain effective work habits (prioritize, plan and manage work) to produce high quality results and project a professional presence.

CREATIVITY and PROBLEM-SOLVING

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, synthesize information, make decisions and solve problems. The ability to think critically and strategically to develop original ideas and innovative solutions.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

Respect the viewpoints of those from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions and lifestyles to build collaborative relationships and communicate effectively. The ability to appreciate, value, and learn from other cultures and perspectives.

DIGITAL FLUENCY

Maximize new and emerging technologies in order to work, learn and live in a digital society. The ability to apply digital technology to enhance quality, improve productivity and communication, solve problems, and streamline processes.