Skills are acquired through your education, your work, and throughout your life experiences. The National Association of Colleges and Employers identified eight competencies that employers typically seek in job candidates. It is important to be aware of what employers value in a job applicant, and then make sure that you are gaining and enhancing those skills.

These competencies are:

  • Critical thinking/problem solving

  • Oral/written communication

  • Teamwork/collaboration

  • Technology

  • Leadership

  • Professionalism/work ethic

  • Self-awareness and career development

  • Global perspective

The resources below are designed to help you increase or develop the above listed competencies.


Career On Demand

Watch bite-sized videos with tips & advice covering all aspects of Career Development, wherever and whenever you need them.

Career Coaching for Building Skills and Knowledge

Career Coaching bridges the gap between where you are and where you want to be, through a goal and action-oriented …

Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

If you have never taught, or you would like to sharpen your existing teaching skills, consider enrolling in various workshops …

Career Development Presentations & Events

The Center for Career Development offers in-person career preparation, and career-focused events throughout the year.

UConn eCampus

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

Business Skills

Many employers value candidate knowledge about managing budgets, operations, personnel, and projects. Consider these resources to begin to expand your …

Communication Skills

Communication skills encompass a range of interactions and engagement. Consider these resources to begin to expand your knowledge and skills.

Leadership & Management Skills

Employers are often eager to learn about a candidate’s leadership and/or management skills. Consider these resources to begin to expand …