Developing career-specific skills in your chosen career path will give you a competitive advantage in achieving your career goals. These experiences could range in time and commitment. Attending workshops to develop career-specific skills and knowledge would require a small degree of effort; whereas, contributing to a team-consulting project outside of your training program would require more of a time obligation. An internship requires a significant commitment and therefore may be appropriate for only a very few trainees.
- Career-specific skills development
- Peer learning groups
How You Will Benefit
Engage in experiential learning
Acquiring experience relevant to your chosen career will increase your attractiveness to prospective employers. Your education, transferable skill development, and hands-on experience will provide you a distinct advantage over other employment candidates. Participate in programs like Pitt Ventures First Gear to learn about commercialization.
Equip yourself with skills particular to your chosen career
Career-specific skill development provides you the advantage of enhanced job readiness. What training or experiences outside your discipline will better prepare you to meet the challenges of your chosen career? Examples may include leadership experience with affinity groups or clubs, pedagogical training or teaching experience, business coursework, a statistics or communication course, among others.
Demonstrate your commitment to prospective employers
Prospective employers will consider your degree of job readiness to also represent your depth of commitment to that career path. Systematic exploration and subsequent immersion into your chosen career pathway during your training period will establish you as a serious candidate when you are ready to enter the workforce.