Having the skills, knowledge, and attitude to be effective and successful in the workplace and/or graduate school environment.

Why it Matters

For internships, first jobs and graduate school, organizations want you to arrive with workplace skills and attitudes, including etiquette, professional written communication skills, and use of business software like Excel. Skills may be learned outside the classroom, including at work, in campus organizations, and through online resources and courses.

First Action

  • Develop new professional skills – or improve existing ones – using LinkedIn Learning courses. A link is available on the OPCD website.

Deeper Dive

  • Be professional in all correspondence, especially email.
  • Develop public speaking skills by presenting in class, in an internship, or in extracurricular activities – and asking for specific feedback.
  • Complete advanced LinkedIn Learning courses focused on Excel, technology, project management, time management, and other necessary skills.