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: http://www.ncat.edu/student-affairs/student-services/career-services/

 

Online Resources

Resume and CV

When to Use a Resume

http://graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/career/resume/

http://career.opcd.wfu.edu/files/2011/05/Action-Verbs-for-Resumes.pdf

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/719/01/

https://www.wwu.edu/careers/docs/resumehandout_foreducators.pdf

When to Use a Curriculum Vitae (CV)

http://graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/career/curriculum-vitae-cv/

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/curricula-vitae-cvs-versus-resumes/

https://grad.ucla.edu/asis/agep/advcv.pdf

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/641/1/

Guidelines for Preparing a CV

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/curriculumvitae/a/cv-guidelines.htm

http://www.cvtips.com/resumes-and-cvs/some-guidelines-on-cv-writing.html

https://pnd.hseland.ie/download/pdf/gdline_preparing_cv.pdf

 

Sample CV Format

http://career.ucsf.edu/grad-students-postdocs/career-planning/academic-jobs/applying/academic-samples

http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/careerservices/writtenmaterials/

http://chronicle.com/article/The-CV-Doctor-Is-Back-/49086

https://templates.office.com/en-us/Resumes-and-Cover-Letters

https://www.thebalance.com/curriculum-vitae-cv-template-2060353

 

When to use a Cover Letter

http://graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/career/cover-letter/

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/tat/pdfs/cover%20letter.pdf

http://students.tufts.edu/career-center/write-resume-or-cover-letter

http://ocs.yale.edu/content/cover-letters

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/03/18/what-you-need-to-know-about-cover-letters

https://www.thebalance.com/student-cover-letter-samples-2063664

http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-careers/applying-for-jobs/cover-letter-no-work-experience

 

 

Interviewing for Non-Academic Positions

Interview Approach

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/index.cfm 

https://www.arhu.umd.edu/sites/default/files/Preparing%20for%20Academic%20and%20Non-Academic%20Careers%2C%20Sept%2030%2C%202013.pdf

https://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/postdocs-students/postdoctoral-fellows-guide/career-professional-development/non-academic-careers-interview.cfm

http://resources.careerpathwritingsolutions.com/2017/05/05/three-key-considerations-for-your-next-non-academic-job-interview/

http://annekrook.com/?page_id=549

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/specialistsupport/researchers/phdnonacademiccvs

Successful Interviewing       

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/success.cfm

http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/skills/interviewing-guide.asp#behavior

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-ace-a-job-interview-2058574

https://career.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/Guide/Interviewing.pdf

Interview Tips

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/tips.cfm

http://www.lafollette.wisc.edu/images/career_dev/professionalinterviewguidelines.pdf

http://www.rollins.edu/career-life-planning/documents/interview-guide.pdf

https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-06-19/5-expert-tips-for-interview-success

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jonyoushaei/2014/10/20/12-surprising-job-interview-tips/#7bb6b2e250f4

 

 

Interview Attire

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/attire.cfm

https://www.thebalance.com/best-interview-attire-for-every-type-of-interview-2061364

http://career.opcd.wfu.edu/practice-for-an-interview/interview-attire/

 

 

Interview  Questions

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/questions.cfm

http://www.gvsu.edu/cms4/asset/8C0B809B-0726-4E3B-1EBA4A40A82D8597/hiringsupervisorresources-goodinterviewquestions.pdf

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-the-31-most-common-interview-questions

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/100-potential-interview-questions

https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/common-interview-questions/

https://www.thebalance.com/tough-interview-question-answers-2061233

 

Interview Practice

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/practice.cfm

https://www.thebalance.com/practice-interview-tips-and-techniques-2062805

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/practice-makes-perfect

http://www.western.edu/current-students/academic-affairs/academic-resource-center/career-services-home/interviewing-skills

http://www.plotr.co.uk/advice/articles/practice-interview-tips-how-to-do-practice-interviews-at-home/

 

Case Interview Resources

http://www.career.cornell.edu/story/interviewing/caseinterview.cfm

https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/case-interview-resources

https://www.bu.edu/sph/files/2013/10/Case-Interview-Tips-and-Resources.pdf

http://www.consultingcase101.com/category/case-interview-questions/

http://www.careerprofiles.info/case-study-interview-examples.html

http://www.caseinterview.com /

 

Common Interview Questions

http://www.engr.psu.edu/career/Students/interviewing/questions.aspx

http://nursing.jhu.edu/life-at-hopkins/center/documents/interview_guide.pdf

http://www.udel.edu/CSC/pdf/NurseInterview.pdf

https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-answer-the-31-most-common-interview-questions

https://www.udel.edu/CSC/pdf/InterviewTeach.pdf

https://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/27-most-common-job-interview-questions-and-answers.html

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/top-10-interview-questions-prep

http://www.ee.columbia.edu/common-interview-questions

https://www.hws.edu/academics/career/pdfs/intvq.pdf

 

Mock Interview Rubric

http://cte.sfasu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Mock-Interview-Rubric.pdf

http://www.csb.uncw.edu/cen/documents/mockinterviewRubric-2.pdf

http://www.kirkwood.edu/pdf/uploaded/1319/po_mock_interview_rubric.pdf

http://www.wiu.edu/student_services/career_development_center/pdf/MockInterviewConfirmation.pdf

 

 

 

Interviewing for Academic Positions

Search Committee Interviews

http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/career-services/interviews

https://www.thealexandergroup.com/blog-press-room/2015/search-committee-interview/

https://www.spelmanandjohnson.com/the-search-committee-in-person-interview-part-1-how-to-prepare/

https://www.higheredjobs.com/articles/articleDisplay.cfm?ID=626

Academic Mock Interview Questions

http://www.tamiu.edu/adminis/ohr/goodintquestfac.pdf

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/iml/careers/documents/Guide%20to%20Answering%20Academic%20Job%20Interview%20Questions.pdf

http://www.lse.ac.uk/intranet/CareersAndVacancies/careersService/PhDsResearchStaff/AcadCareers/InterviewQuestions.pdf

https://my.vanderbilt.edu/gradcareer/files/2013/01/Academic_Interview_handout.pdf

 

 

Questions to ask Dean

http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/questions-to-ask-the-other-dean/

 

Questions to ask Department Chair

https://www.hamilton.edu/documents/SurvivalQuestions.pdf

 

Questions to ask Faculty Members

https://www.unr.edu/academic-central/academic-advising/all-topics/choosing-a-major/questions-for-them

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/12/12/how-ask-interview-questions-show-youre-interested-job-essay

http://wpacouncil.org/node/4529

Questions about Salary/Benefits

http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/careerprep/jobsearch/negotiable.html

https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/10-salary-negotiation-questions

https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/salary-negotiation-faq

https://www.recruiter.com/i/10-questions-to-ask-when-negotiating-your-starting-salary/

https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/how-to-bring-up-questions-about-salary-and-benefits/

 

Interview Etiquette

http://graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/career/interviewing-etiquette/

https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-10-rules-of-interview-etiquette/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-mirza-grotts/interview-tips_b_1357290.html

http://www.uccs.edu/career/resources/students/interview-etiquette.html

 

 

Questions about Start Up

https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-you-must-ask-in-your-startup-interview

http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/122/Joining-A-Startup-Top-6-Questions-You-Should-Ask.aspx

http://www.bizbrain.org/the-20-most-common-business-startup-questions/

https://www.allbusiness.com/25-frequently-asked-questions-on-starting-a-business-8225-1.html

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/20-questions-starting

 

 

Questions about Tenure and Promotion

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2015/09/18/essay-key-questions-ask-when-seeking-tenure

http://www.chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2008/10/31/four-questions-to-ask-about-tenure/

http://secretariat.info.yorku.ca/files/QuestionsUnitStandards.pdf

 

Student/Professor partnership

http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/fd/What%20Students%20Want%20In%20a%20Teaching%20Professor.pdf

http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/library/articles-and-essays/the-teaching-forum/from-the-students-view-professors-who-cultivate-critical-thinking-skills/

https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/system/files/resources/engagement_through_partnership.pdf

 

 

Questions to Prepare for

http://postdocs.cornell.edu/interviews-academic-positions

https://www.training.nih.gov/assets/Preparing_for_Academic_Interviews_Handout.pdf

https://www.esm.rochester.edu/iml/careers/documents/Guide%20to%20Answering%20Academic%20Job%20Interview%20Questions.pdf

http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2007/01/cover-interview.aspx

 

Do’s and Don’ts

http://woman.thenest.com/interviewing-teaching-positions-dos-donts-11907.html

http://www2.umf.maine.edu/careers/interviewing/interview-dos-and-donts/

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/career-advice/career-advice-article/landing-an-academic-job-interview/

https://www.topuniversities.com/student-info/careers-advice/interview-dos-donts

 

Informational Interview

http://graduateschool.nd.edu/assets/120630/informational_interviewing.pdf

https://career.berkeley.edu/Info/InfoInterview

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-steps-to-a-perfect-informational-interview

https://www.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/Network/informational-interviews.aspx

 

 

Career Planning

Academic Positions vs. Career Opportunities

http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/career-services/explore-careers/choose-between-academic-positions-and-other-career-opportunities

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/on_the_fence/essay_on_selecting_between_two_academic_job_offers

 

Post-Doctoral Guide

http://www.gradschool.cornell.edu/career-services/explore-careers/find-and-choose-postdoc-position

http://postdocs.cornell.edu/resume-formats

http://www.phds.org/postdoc

https://www.niaid.nih.gov/grants-contracts/postdoc-guide

http://www.thepostdocway.com/

 

 

 

Doctoral Search

http://careerplan.commons.gc.cuny.edu/applying-for-a-postdoc

http://education.seattlepi.com/purpose-doctoral-level-research-1340.html

http://www.americangraduateeducation.com/articles/en/research-doctorate.htm

Career Assessment

http://careercenter.umich.edu/article/career-assessment-tools\

https://careers.rutgers.edu/page.cfm?section_ID=15&page_id=337

https://www.careeronestop.org/explorecareers/assessments/self-assessments.aspx

http://www.du.edu/career/careerplanning/careerassessment.html

 

Career Planning

http://hrweb.berkeley.edu/learning/career-development/career-management/planning/action-plan

http://uhr.rutgers.edu/career-planning-process

https://gecd.mit.edu/explore-careers/career-first-steps/make-career-plan

http://www.careercentre.dtwd.wa.gov.au/CareerPlanning/Pages/CareerPlanning-4StepPlanningProcess.aspx

 

 

 

Finding Job Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Jobs

http://postdocs.stanford.edu/admin/prospective_overview.html

https://www.postdocjobs.com/

http://postdocs.yale.edu/yale-postdoctoral-positions

http://postdocs.stanford.edu/admin/prospective_overview.html

 

Job Exploration List

http://graduateschool.nd.edu/professional_development/career/job-exploration/

https://www.bls.gov/k12/content/students/careers/career-exploration.htm

https://www.careeronestop.org/ExploreCareers/explore-careers.aspx

https://www.onetonline.org/

Finding a Job in Academia

http://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/careerlab/sites/brown.edu.campus-life.support.careerlab/files/uploads/DM_Chapter%202.pdf

https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/careerlab/sites/brown.edu.campus-life.support.careerlab/files/uploads/Resume%20tip%20sheet%20and%20samples%202016-17_2.0.pdf

https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2013/06/17/essay-how-land-first-academic-job

https://www.higheredjobs.com/

https://chroniclevitae.com/job_search/new

https://www.higheredjobs.com/articles/articleDisplay.cfm?ID=406

 

 

The Hiring Process

https://career.berkeley.edu/phds/PhDhiring.stm

https://www.thebalance.com/recruitment-and-hiring-process-2062875

http://www.baylor.edu/aarc/index.php?id=67639

 

 

GAP Year

http://ocs.yale.edu/content/gap-year-and-short-term-post-graduate-opportunities

http://medicine.osu.edu/bms/documents/gapyear.pdf

http://www.slu.edu/Documents/provost/post-bac%20scholarships/Pre%20Med%20and%20Gap%20Year.pdf

http://career.ucsd.edu/_files/Gap_year.pdf

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/19/making-the-most-of-a-gap-year-before-college.html

 

 

 

 

Networking

Networking

http://www.pdx.edu/mentoring-research/news/how-network-rockstar

https://hbr.org/2016/05/learn-to-love-networking

https://career.berkeley.edu/Info/Networking

 

Leadership Blog

http://www.dce.harvard.edu/professional/blog/topics/leadership

http://www.leadershipandinfluenceblog.com/top-100-leadership-blogs-ranked/

http://www.thebestcolleges.org/best-management-leadership-blogs/

 

Business & Professional Blog

http://www.dce.harvard.edu/professional/blog

http://www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/business/blog/top-blogs-for-business-students/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/norm-schriever/the-20-golden-rules-of-bu_b_4388943.html

http://aspetraining.com/resources/blog/5-quick-tips-on-writing-your-first-professional-business-blog