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Build Your Skills

The Graduate School features programs and events designed to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in their development, progression, and career outcomes. By focusing around the following transferable skills, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars can prepare for both academic and non-academic career pathways.

Skills

Outcomes

Communication

  • Persuasive oral presentations & arguments
  • Public speaking
  • Explaining research to non-specialist audiences
  • Writing for academic journals
  • Writing the dissertation
  • Writing press releases
  • Grant-writing

Teaching

  • Identifying learning outcomes
  • Assessing learning & teaching
  • Promoting inquiry & critical thinking
  • Designing courses & modules
  • Effective use of technology for education
  • Integrating scholarly teaching
  • Designing inclusive course environments

Personal Development

  • Seeking health & wellness
  • Striving for work-life balance
  • Developing positive thinking styles
  • Being engaged in the community
  • Overseeing personal finances
  • Managing stress
  • Managing time effectively

Responsible Conduct of Research

  • Ethics
  • Health & safety
  • Legal requirements
  • Respect for human & animal subjects
  • Appropriate practice
  • Attribution & co-authorship

Career Development

  • Networking
  • Identifying skills, interests & values
  • Researching employers
  • Communicating your fit for a position
  • Using Cornell’s career resources
  • Interviewing
  • Writing resumes & cover letters

Leadership & Management

  • Setting expectations & goals
  • Building teams
  • Negotiating & resolving conflict
  • Giving & receiving feedback
  • Valuing diversity
  • Project management & budgeting
  • Developing mentoring relationships
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Building reputation & esteem