Pathway to Professionalism Checklists

Professional Skills

It is crucial to prioritize professional skill development as you prepare for your future career. By becoming aware of the 8 NACE Competencies, which are derived from a yearly Job Outlook survey, students can gain insight into the qualities that employers value most in employees. These competencies include critical thinking, communication, teamwork, technology, leadership, professionalism, career & self-development, and equity & inclusion.

To enhance your communication skills, we encourage you to participate in career-related and professional activities. Additionally, staying informed about industry trends and developments is essential for remaining competitive in the job market. By keeping abreast of changes in your desired career field, you can adapt your skills and knowledge to meet the evolving needs of employers and stand out among your peers.

Select three activities to enhance your Professional Skills

Self-Assessment: Take the IUB Luddy NACE Competencies Self-Assessment

Resume Review: Schedule a resume review with a Luddy Career Advisor or join the IUB Luddy Career Services Resume Review Skill Build. See Handshake for event date and time of the Skill Build or to schedule an individual resume review with a Luddy Career Advisor.

Elevator Pitch: Create your elevator pitch (professional introduction) and practice it in at least one setting. To join the IUB Luddy Career Services Elevator Pitch Skill Build session or schedule an elevator pitch session with a Luddy Career Advisor, visit Handshake!

Mock Interview: Participate in a mock interview. To join the IUB Luddy Career Services Mock Interview Skill Build session, visit Handshake and register!

LinkedIn Learning: Boost your knowledge, abilities, and skills by engaging in LinkedIn Learning which is provided free by Indiana University to all current students.

Leadership: Accept a leadership role in an organization or team.

This resource was developed, in part, utilizing information from Career Development Professionals of Indiana, INC. (CDPI)

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