Skill Development

Are you career ready?  What does that mean?  Learn more here about the skills and competencies that employers seek and expect from qualified candidates, and also ways to build those skills through resources provided by Pitt.

At the University of Pittsburgh, we know learning happens beyond the classroom.  We also know employers want more than just soft skills; they want individuals with the mindsets that lead to growth in their career.  This is where skill development comes in – and we’re here to help!  In 2015, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) launched an initiative to introduce 8 career competencies every college student should have upon entering the workforce.

Wondering where to start developing your skills?  Pitt’s Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC) is a great way to add structure to your college experience by identifying programs, events, and activities that align with career competencies.  By downloading the Suitable mobile app, you can see upcoming activities in Career Preparation, Leadership Development, Global and Cultural Engagement, Communication Skills, and more!  Don’t forget to also check out the Career Ready Guide in the resources below – an interactive study guide that dives deeper into the NACE competencies.

Building a sustainable future requires “green”​ skills

The transition to the green economy will require a large shift in the roles and skills of workers across the globe. That means growing demand and opportunities for those with “green” skills, as well as upskilling many workers with those …

By Karin Kimbrough, LinkedIn's Chief Economist
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Wellbeing in the Virtual Work Environment: Tips and Considerations

Consider the following tips for wellbeing in the virtual working environment:

Preparing for your work day: Get up, have your morning beverage or breakfast of choice, enjoy a morning routine of stretching, walking or yoga, or whatever you enjoy typically, …

By Ingrid Beute
Ingrid Beute Career Consultant, Engineering & Science
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Thinking about Summer Jobs? The time is now!

I was an Internship Coordinator for 10 years, so I am used to encouraging students to seek internships.  One of the most important aspects of summer is skill building, and that could come in many forms, including internships, summer jobs …

By Alyson Kavalukas
Alyson Kavalukas Interim Assistant Director
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Interested in gaining first hand experience following a medical provider in a clinical setting? Check out ScribeAmerica within!

By Ashley Steffy
Ashley Steffy Career Consultant, STEM
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Learn about being a Mechanical Engineer

What does a mechanical engineer do?

A mechanical engineer’s main role is to design, build and test thermal and mechanical devices. Their services are very diverse and are typically related to all parts of the planning and execution processes. Other …

By Indeed Editorial Team
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