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.

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The University of Pittsburgh Career Center is committed to providing exceptional career development services that meet the evolving needs of our diverse student body. We want to ensure our offerings are truly valuable and resonate with you!

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Life After Pitt: Essential Tips for Navigating your Job Search Journey

As you approach the final stretch of your college journey, the looming question of what comes next can feel both exciting and overwhelming. With graduation on the horizon, it’s time to dive into the job search process and kickstart your …

By Ingrid Beute
Ingrid Beute Career Consultant, Engineering & Science & Career Champions Program Coordinator
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Life After Pitt: A Program for Pitt Seniors

Graduating in 2024? First off-CONGRATULATIONS! You have accomplished an incredible task and you should be proud of yourself. But graduating can bring up a lot of questions and concerns about “what’s next?”-The Career Center is here to help you out!

By Erin Wheeler
Erin Wheeler Career Consultant
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Life After Pitt: Work-Life Balance, A Guide for Seniors and Rising Professionals

Congratulations, Pitt Graduates! As you embark on your post-college journey, navigating the complexities of work-life balance becomes paramount. This guide aims to equip you with practical tips, insights, and resources to maintain a healthy equilibrium between your professional and personal …

By Ingrid Beute
Ingrid Beute Career Consultant, Engineering & Science & Career Champions Program Coordinator
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Life After Pitt: Benefits

Congratulations on securing a job!  It’s important to consider not just your new salary, but all of the benefits offered with your new job.  Let’s look at some of the standard benefits you will need to make decisions about.

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By Ryan Sweeny
Ryan Sweeny Associate Director
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Skill Development Resources

Career Center Resources

Career Center In-Person Services

  • 200 William Pitt Union
  • 412-383-4473
  • Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Drop-In Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Career Center Virtual Services