Become Career Ready through Courses & Academic Pursuits

You are getting a UConn degree by taking courses in your program area and if you’re an undergraduate, through General Education requirements. Regardless of the content, remember that you are always learning and your competencies can be enhanced in any course. Take advantage of all they have to offer, then reflect on what you learned and how you can apply that learning to future classes, jobs, or activities.

Examples of how students developed or enhanced their competencies through coursework:

      • Raheem developed his career & self-development competency by networking with the guest speaker from his Structural Engineering course, who is employed at a company Raheem is interested in interning with.
      • Natalie enhanced her communication competency by choosing to take Principles of Public Speaking as an elective.
      • River practiced and utilized their critical thinking competency by making decisions for a case competition within their Principles of Animal Genetics course.
      • Leo built his equity & inclusion competency by researching and writing a paper on the rights of transgender people in the workplace as part of his Legal and Ethical Environment of Business

Feel free to schedule a meeting with a Career Coach in the Center for Career Development or talk to another trusted faculty or staff member on campus; maybe someone you’ve already connected with around career. The entire campus community is committed to your success-all you need to do is ask!

Do you have an example of a career-readiness competency that you have gained or enhanced? (Career & Self Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork, Technology)

We would love to hear your story. Please complete the Competency Intake form.

Sharing your competency development inspires other students to think about where and how they can gain competencies within and beyond UConn, and can prepare you for future interview questions when employers ask for examples about skills you have developed.