Develop Professional & Leadership Skills
Professional development and leadership skills can sound vague due to the broad scope of what they entail, but it’s important to find opportunities to grow and develop skills and qualifications, whether applying for jobs, internships, fellowships, graduate school, or other forms of continuing education.
Get Involved On Campus
Getting involved on campus is a great way to build skills, tap into your interests & passions, and put learning into practice. Penn has a wide array of student groups and organizations that allow students to grow and explore; the payoff of getting involved are as diverse as the opportunities.
Professional associations that are dedicated to a specific industry or job are a great way to make connections, find professional resources, participate in events such as professional development seminars and conferences, and become engaged by way of committees and projects that offer increased growth and exposure.
Employers from a wide variety of industries and hiring for various jobs, have been surveyed extensively in the past few years to determine what qualities contribute to the success of their employees. Career Services has compiled a list of competencies to help you identify areas of strength and potential growth that will contribute to productive, lifelong professional development.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is becoming an increasingly valued part of the workplace conversation. As a result, many mission-driven organizations are signaling their desire to institutionalize workplace DEI practices by launching a staff-led taskforce, working groups, and committees.
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Check out this post from the Carpe Careers blog published on the Inside Higher Ed website – written by PhD/postdoc career advisors for PhD students and postdocs:
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