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Professional Development Initiative Growing Outstanding Academic and Leadership Skills

Planning Your Professional Development

Through this initiative, we have developed a series of core competencies that are intended to guide students through their programs and help them transition into their future role in academia or industry.  The following core competencies are inclusive of masters and doctoral students across disciplines and applicable to a wide range of professional settings.

 

 

 

ACADEMIC  DEVELOPMENT

Research/scholarship; Effective teaching strategies; Critical thinking and problem solving; Transferable skills; Academic job strategy

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Critical thinking and problem solving; Resumes and Transferable skills; Professional competitiveness; Career strategy; Interviewing and Negotiating

COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

Effective communication; Mentoring relationships; Interpersonal understanding; Team-building; Networking; Conflict management

LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONALISM

Goal and milestone planning; Professional ethics; Leadership styles; Problem solving strategies and solutions; Evaluation and feedback; Applicable presentation skills

PERSONAL WELL-BEING

Financial planning; Mindfulness and mental health; Relationship management; Physical wellbeing

Printable Matrix 

Click on an arrow to see which PDI events fall under each core competency. Early career indicates the first year of your program and late career indicates the last year (Masters) or last two years of your program (PhD).