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As partners in our shared mission for student success, we’re excited to work with faculty and staff in Skills for Success.

Encouraging students to build career-relevant skills with their academics helps them develop confidence and resilience. It also gives them a competitive edge during their college years and beyond.

Here are some tips to help increase awareness around skill-building and resources to use when working with students.

Building awareness

If students don’t have enough time to plan for and pursue skill-building, they may approach graduation with some apprehension. They may also lack the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market. Early involvement with Skills for Success is crucial to career preparation.

Incorporating Skills for Success into common experiences will help students see the importance of getting involved and pursuing skill development.

There are many ways you can help spread the word about Skills for Success. Do you share the skills that students are building through your program, maybe in your syllabi or other course materials? Consider adding a Skills for Success graphic to bring awareness to the program. You can also request a Skills for Success presentation, or share our list of foundational skills to introduce students to the practice of building career-relevant skills and encourage engagement in the program.

Mentoring and advising

Career advisors are not the only folks on campus who can help students with career preparation and connect them with opportunities to build skills. If you work closely with students, here are key activities they can complete to understand which skills they have and what skills employers want. These activities can also help students create a plan to get involved and build skills, whether they know what career they want or are still deciding.

Student supervision with a focus on skills

One of the most important connections students have on campus is with the supervisor of their on-campus job. Some students may struggle to evaluate their own skill level by either under- or over-estimating their performance. Student employment supervisors have firsthand knowledge of their work and can speak directly to their performance. Evaluation is also a natural part of this professional relationship. Supervisors can

  • Include career readiness skills information in your student job postings.
  • Introduce and encourage students to focus on skill building within your orientation process.
  • Request a Skills for Success intro for your student employee meeting.

Research and insights 

If you would like to learn more about the foundations of Skills for Success, review the following research articles contributing to core components of our program.