Matrix for Planning your Professional Development

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.




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

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

Professional Skill Development
Effective communication; Mentoring relationships; Interpersonal understanding; Team-building; Networking; Conflict management, Goal and milestone planning; Professional ethics; Leadership styles; Problem-solving strategies and solutions; Evaluation and feedback; Applicable presentation skills

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 (Ph.D.).