Graduate Student Core Competencies

By the end of your graduate studies, you should be a well-rounded scholar and professional, ready to take your life and career to the next level. To help you get to that point, the Graduate College provides you with a holistic framework for professional development that focuses on Core Competencies (listed below). By developing skills across these Core Competency areas, you will ensure that you are prepared for life after graduate school. Various activities, workshops, and resources relating to these Core Competency areas will be available to you each semester. Additionally, you will be given tools to track your goals and accomplishments in these areas with a guided online portfolio system.

 

Core Competency Areas:

Click on each of the competency areas below for a list of relevant links/resources [MORE CONTENT COMING SOON!]

  • Career Development: Preparing yourself for the job market; understanding how to position yourself for success; understanding how to market yourself to potential employers
  • Communication: Developing skills in oral and written communication; strengthening communication skills across informal and formal settings.

 

 

  • Global Awareness & Cultural Sensitivity: Seeing the big picture, on a global scale; understanding political and economic trends and their impact on your field/career; learning to understand and respect cultural differences.

 

  • Inquiry, Discovery, and Creation: Pushing yourself beyond the status quo; seeking out new knowledge, new ideas, and new possibilities; learning how to turn your interests/knowledge into entrepreneurial ventures.

 

  • Leadership & Management: Honing your ability to effectively lead others to perform at their best; developing skills in managing teams and breaking down complex tasks.

 

  • Personal Development: Finding balance between school/work and home life; learning more about yourself (your personality/nature); developing coping mechanisms and strategies for being your best self.

 

  • Teaching: Developing skills in relaying knowledge/information to others; understanding how people learn; using assessment tools to track successful learning.

  

  

Career Development

NC A&T Office of Career Services: http://www.ncat.edu/student-affairs/student-services/career-services/