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It’s important to know what skills are needed to be successful in the workforce and in specific industries and fields. This ensures you have time to develop them while you’re in school and make yourself marketable for a variety of positions upon graduation. 

Here are some steps to identifying the skills that would be best to build and making a plan to achieve your goals.

Do some research

nullReview this list of 10 skills that employers look for in new graduates, based on labor market research and employer feedback. This list is a great place to start if you’re looking to assess your current skills and start working to develop new skills. 

Do you know what occupation you want after graduation? You can request a report highlighting the skills most sought by employers hiring for those roles, as well as other key information that will be helpful in your future job search. Request a Skills Report.

Make a list

No matter what your professional goals are, it will take a variety of skills to get a job done. Software programmers need to know how to collaborate with colleagues. Artists must know how to get the word out about their talent. Brewmasters have to develop products from beginning to end. Plus, people who have a variety of skills often have the most choice in their career options.

As you evaluate the skills you already have and those you’ll be building, use the Skills for Success wheel to notice if there is a particular area where you may not have skills yet. If you’re already great with people, maybe try working with data or a software you may need in your future career. If tech is your thing, consider taking on a leadership role in a student organization to bring balance to your skill set.

Create a plan

So, you’ve identified the skills you have and the skills you’re building through your classes. Now it’s time to find ways to develop the in-demand skills that you have yet to learn.

Fortunately, there are many opportunities to build skills outside of the classroom. For example, you can build in-demand skills through extracurricular activities or part-time jobs on campus. Check out internships, volunteer roles, research experience and other opportunities and trainings both within and outside of CU.

This is where you chart a course for your skill-building journey—one that deserves some focus early on so you have time to gain experience and develop desirable skills. This Gap Analysis activity will help you plan out your next steps in building the skill set that will get you where you want to go. If you need ideas, this list of opportunities showcases many of the ways you can buff up your skills on campus.

If you have questions or need to bounce some ideas off someone, we are here to help with office hours, express appointments and workshops.