Build Your Professional Skills & Competencies

Your degree program will provide you with many opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, and experience, but chances are you will need to develop additional skills to stand out as a qualified job candidate. There are lots of ways you can acquire and build your skills and competencies. First, read job postings from your career areas of interest to learn what employers are looking for in job candidates. This will help you determine which new skills to acquire or current ones you can highlight.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies eight competencies that employers typically seek in job candidates and the National Postdoc Association (NPA) identifies six core competencies.

  • Career & Self Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology
  • Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  • Research skill development
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Responsible conduct of research

Below you will find a sampling of courses and trainings, most are UConn-based, that are organized within broader clusters of professional skills and competencies. Some are free and some are not. Always do your research to determine if you are comfortable with a particular program, cost, format, etc.

A Sampling of Resources & Trainings to Build Skills & Competencies:

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to business skills including the ability to interpret data, build collaborative relationships, and prioritize and delegate work.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

UConn School of Business Certificate and Advanced Certificate Programs

https://grad.business.uconn.edu/academics/certificates/


UConn Department of Public Policy Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

https://dpp.uconn.edu/nonprofit-management-certificate/


Business Administration Courses

https://www.edx.org/learn/business-administration


UConn’s Advanced Business Certificate in Accounting Analytics
UConn’s Graduate Online Learning Certificate Programs

https://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/certificates/

UConn’s Advanced Business Certificate in Project Management
UConn’s Graduate Online Learning Certificate Programs

https://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/certificates/

CT In-Service Training
Business Finance for Non-Financial Professionals
Business Analysis Introduction
Business Analytics Using Excel

While there are many opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to communication including clearly and effectively exchanging information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Professional Writing Online Course

https://learn.saylor.org/course/view.php?id=56

Crisis Communication Online Course

https://learn.saylor.org/course/view.php?id=22

Communicating Strategically

https://www.edx.org/course/communicating-strategically-3#!

Digital Branding and Engagement

https://www.edx.org/course/digital-branding-and-engagement

State of CT In-Service Training
Communications Skills a Must
All About Business Writing
Is anyone listening? Office/Public Speaking

Developing Workplace Communication & Conflict Resolution Skills

UConn’s Learning@Work Leadership Development & Customer Service Programs

https://hr.uconn.edu/leadership-development-programs/

While there are many opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to handling conflict in the workplace.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

UConn’s Management Support and Development Programs

https://hr.uconn.edu/mgmt_sup_program/

Promoting Workplace Civility

UConn’s Management Support and Development Programs

https://hr.uconn.edu/mgmt_sup_program/

State of CT In-Service Training
Conflict De-Escalation Techniques

Managing Disagreements, Conflicts, and Confrontation

While there are many opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following resources and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to equity and inclusion in and beyond the University.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

UConn Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Justice

https://diversity.uconn.edu/resources/  and  https://diversity.uconn.edu/trainings-and-workshops/

While these links lead to many resources, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to leadership and management including emotional intelligence, leading diverse groups, and acting in accordance with the interests of the larger community.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

UConn Department of Public Policy Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Public Management

https://dpp.uconn.edu/leadership-public-management-certificate/

UConn’s Executive Leadership Program

UConn’s Graduate Online Learning Certificate Programs

https://gradcatalog.uconn.edu/certificates/

Inclusive Leadership Training: Become a Successful Leader

https://www.edx.org/course/becoming-a-successful-leader-inclusive-leadershi-2

Inclusive Leadership Training: Leading with Effective Communication

https://www.edx.org/course/leading-with-effective-communication-inclusive-lea

Effective Leadership Skills for Women

Connecticut Employees Union Independent (CEUI) In-Service Training

https://hr.uconn.edu/ceui-in-service-training-registration-request/

Leadership Certificate Series

UConn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

https://hr.uconn.edu/employee-assistance-program/

Interaction & Leadership Program

UConn’s Learning@Work Leadership Development & Customer Service Programs

https://hr.uconn.edu/leadership-development-programs/

State of CT In-Service Training
“New Normal” Leadership

Leadership for Everyone
Transformational Leadership
Women in Leadership Certificate Program

While there are many opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to managing employees.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Managing Employees and Building Teams

Connecticut Employees Union Independent (CEUI) In-Service Training

https://hr.uconn.edu/ceui-in-service-training-registration-request/

Supervisor Essential Program

UConn’s Learning@Work Leadership Development & Customer Service Programs

https://hr.uconn.edu/leadership-development-programs/


Supervisor Excellence How to Effectively Delegate Tasks & Responsibilities

UConn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

https://hr.uconn.edu/employee-assistance-program/

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention

UConn’s Management Support & Development Programs

https://hr.uconn.edu/mgmt_sup_program/

State of CT In-Service Training
First Time Supervisor Management Training

Management and Supervisory Fundamentals

While there are many opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to personal growth. Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and outside of one’s organization.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Balancing Time, Priorities & Productivity

Connecticut Employees Union Independent (CEUI) In-Service Training

https://hr.uconn.edu/ceui-in-service-training-registration-request/

Managing Stress of the Time and Competing Priorities

UConn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

https://hr.uconn.edu/employee-assistance-program/

While there are a couple of opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to professionalism, understanding and demonstrating effective work habits, and acting in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

State of CT In-Service Training
Maintaining Business Etiquette in Today’s Workplace

Thriving While Teleworking or Working Hybrid

While there are a couple of opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are considered employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to project management, including establishing priorities, effective planning, and managing priorities.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Balancing Time, Priorities & Productivity

Connecticut Employees Union Independent (CEUI) In-Service Training

https://hr.uconn.edu/ceui-in-service-training-registration-request/

State of CT In-Service Training
Project Management Essentials

Project Management: All the Essentials

While there are a few opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to teamwork. Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

State of CT In-Service Training
The Team(s) Environment (Online)

Building Teams with Purpose and Results
Managing Employees and Building Teams

While there are a few opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Accessing the following courses and trainings will expand your knowledge and skills in a variety of topics related to technology. Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

The list was last curated during the 2021-2022 academic year.

State of CT In-Service Training
Adobe Photoshop CC: Introduction

Bringing PowerPoint to Life
Creating Electronic Forms and Templates with Adobe Acrobat Pro & MS Word 2019 (ON CAMPUS)
Excel Introduction
Excel: Functions and Formulas
Google Analytics: Introduction
Microsoft Forms Introduction
Creating Marketing Materials with Adobe
Microsoft Office: MCC Certificate
Project: Introduction
Microsoft Excel 2019 Intermediate: V Lookups, Pivot Tables and More
Understanding the Cloud

While there are many opportunities presented here, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Several websites, including LinkedIn Learning, edX, Class Central, and Saylor Academy offer many additional learning opportunities.

GEU member Graduate Assistants (GA), Teaching Assistants (TA), or Research Assistants (RA) are employees of the University and can access professional development programming through UConn’s HR Department https://hr.uconn.edu/career-professional-development/. Sessions are added to the HR site annually. Some trainings are free, and others have a fee. There are often in-person, remote, and hybrid offerings.

Additional Resources:

Center for Excellence in Teaching

If you have never taught, or you would like to sharpen your existing teaching skills, consider enrolling in various workshops offered at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

UConn eCampus

Explore UConn eCampus for all online courses, post baccalaureate certificates, graduate certificates, and graduate programs at the University of Connecticut.

InterSECT Job Simulations

InterSECT is an online platform that allows PhD-level scientists and humanists, regardless of professional stage, to explore future career options through true-to-life simulation exercises.