Develop Skills for Success
Show you’re ready for whatever post-graduation life might bring. When considering new individuals to join teams, regardless of field of study or degree earned, these eight competencies are viewed as essential by employers and graduate programs. Becoming ready means identifying what skills you have, as well as which ones you are actively developing, in order to successfully transition to your professional realm and beyond.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning and perspective to analyze issues, make decisions and solve problems, coming up with strategic and innovative solutions.

Husky examples: succeeding in a challenging class project, planning and executing an on-campus event.

Oral/Written Communications

Articulate ideas and concepts in a clear and concise manner in multiple speaking and writing forums in and outside of the organization, such as public speaking, meetings, memos, and reports; know when to be factual vs. persuasive vs. expressive

Husky examples: completing class presentations, showcasing strong writing samples.


Build collaborative relationships with others in a team setting through shared responsibility, empathy and respect; negotiate and manage conflict while contributing toward a common goal.

Husky examples: taking part in an organized sport, completing a challenging group project in an academic course.


Leverage existing technologies in an ethical and efficient way, solving problems and completing tasks; adept at learning new systems and managing implementation.

Husky examples: maintaining professional social media presence, gaining skills in an industry-specific program or platform.


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others; understand how and when to delegate and motivate.

Husky examples: formal role in a student organization, serving as a coach or tutor to others.


Professionalism/Work Ethic

Demonstrate personal accountability and pride by the quality of one’s work, productivity, and social media presence; keep the interests of the larger community in mind and make sound decisions; learn from past mistakes.

Husky examples: maintaining consistently professional email correspondence, showcasing past work experiences.

Self Awareness & Career Management

Identify and express one’s strengths, skills, knowledge and experience relevant to career goals and organization; self-advocate and navigate career options to identify areas of professional growth and/or pursue opportunities.

Husky examples: engage in practice interviewing, have meaningful conversations with UConn alumni in the fields that interest you most.


Global Perspective

Respect and value the viewpoints that differ from yours to build collaborative relationships and effectively communicate. Appreciate and learn from other cultures and perspectives to implement strategies for inclusion; understand your own biases to educate yourself about diversity.

Husky examples: participating in an education abroad experience, learning a different language, gaining knowledge of a tradition outside of your own.