In the course of pursuing your graduate degree, you will develop a range of skills in addition to your disciplinary expertise. Research shows that these skills are crucial for success in academic and non-academic job markets and in professional development over the range of a long career. Depending on your field, you may have many opportunities to practice several of these transferable skills in your coursework, teaching, and research. You may only begin to touch on others, and developing them will take a more conscious effort on your part.
Below are the 6 broad skill areas that are most frequently cited as important by academic and nonacademic employers who are looking for candidates with advanced degrees. Click on a specific skill to assess your preparation. After your short assessment, you will learn about resources, events, and programs that can provide opportunities for development where you need it most.
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