Many of the most in-demand skills right now are not technical skills. Employers are looking for candidates with interpersonal skills like creativity, adaptability, communication and problem solving. These skills are valuable and can translate across many job industries. So, how can you start developing these skills in addition to the technical skills in your field of study?
Check out LinkedIn Learning
CU students have free access to LinkedIn Learning. This platform has hundreds of short courses on building a variety of non-technical skills, including communication, teamwork, problem solving and leadership.
If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to building skills, browse job postings for positions that interest you. Take note of the skills or qualifications that employers are looking for, and see if there are LinkedIn Learning courses on developing those skills.
How you get involved on campus can help you gain experience for your resume and build non-technical skills:
- Join a student organization. Browse BuffConnect or connect the Center for Student Involvement. If you’re already involved with a student organization, consider taking on a leadership role next semester.
- Look into the Journey Leader, CU Student Ambassador and CU GOLD programs. All of these programs can help you develop leadership skills and gain experience for your resume.
- Volunteering, internships and part-time jobs also offer opportunities for hands-on experience and developing skills. Even during uncertain times, there are still many companies hiring right now.
However you choose to get involved, it can help to keep a journal about your experiences and note how you’re developing non-technical skills. For example, you could write about how you’re developing communication skills by facilitating meetings or improving your organizational skills by planning events. Your journal can help you recall information and provide specific examples when speaking with potential employers.
Meet with a career development advisor
Career development advisors love to talk with students about their future goals and offer advice for how to achieve them. Career Services is open this summer for virtual visits via Zoom, phone or LiveChat on the Career Services website Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more about virtual appointments and drop-in hours.