Graduate Student Core Competencies for Academic and Career Success

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.



  • Entrepreneurship: Learning how to turn your interests/knowledge into new entrepreneurial ventures. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Research: Understanding the best practices and ethical implications of advanced research. 


  • 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:


Online Resources

Resume and CV

When to Use a Resume

When to Use a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Guidelines for Preparing a CV


Sample CV Format


When to use a Cover Letter



Interviewing for Non-Academic Positions

Interview Approach

Successful Interviewing

Interview Tips



Interview Attire



Interview  Questions


Interview Practice


Case Interview Resources /


Common Interview Questions


Mock Interview Rubric




Interviewing for Academic Positions

Search Committee Interviews

Academic Mock Interview Questions



Questions to ask Dean


Questions to ask Department Chair


Questions to ask Faculty Members

Questions about Salary/Benefits


Interview Etiquette



Questions about Start Up



Questions about Tenure and Promotion


Student/Professor partnership



Questions to Prepare for


Do’s and Don’ts


Informational Interview



Career Planning

Academic Positions vs. Career Opportunities


Post-Doctoral Guide




Doctoral Search

Career Assessment\


Career Planning




Finding Job Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Jobs


Job Exploration List

Finding a Job in Academia



The Hiring Process



GAP Year








Leadership Blog


Business & Professional Blog