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Level Up: Build Skills Employers Want

Employers who hire UW graduates have identified a few core skills that are critical to students’ success in the job search and in the workplace.  Students should seek opportunities such as classes, activities, and internships to develop the skills listed below.  LinkedIn Learning, an on-demand video learning platform, is another great way to build and enhance skills.

Manage Self

  • Initiative – Prepare, plan, and prioritize.  Proactively look for opportunities to contribute.  Be present and productive.
  • Adaptability – Learn emerging tools and methodologies.  Be willing to change in response to new information.  Create contingency plans.  View setbacks as opportunities.
  • Accountability – Fulfill obligations, meet deadlines, and follow-through to completion.  Admit and correct mistakes.  Act with honesty, integrity, and humility.

Engage Others

  • Communication – Listen attentively.  Ask thoughtful questions.  Use inclusive language.  Tailor content and delivery to audience.
  • Collaboration – Relate with empathy and curiosity.  Acknowledge biases.  Avoid assumptions.  Respectfully negotiate differences.  Confidently lead.  Gladly follow.
  • Honor Diverse Perspectives – Intentionally build inclusive teams and environments.  Embrace different ideas and styles.  Encourage and value others’ contributions.

Produce Results

  • Critical Thinking – Gather information from diverse sources.  Determine accuracy, relevance, and significance.  Consider opposing viewpoints.  Make data-informed decisions.
  • Creative Problem-Solving – Analyze the big picture.  Narrowly define the problem.  Generate and critique numerous solutions.  Anticipate possible challenges.
  • Continuous Improvement – Assess efficiency and effectiveness.  Reflect and self-evaluate.  Seek feedback and opportunities to learn.  Implement change intentionally and incrementally.

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Featured Classes

Manage Self

Courses (14-53 minutes) on effectively managing self, which is critical to success in the workplace and beyond.  Click here to view…

Engage Others

Courses (24-85 minutes) on effectively engaging others through empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, and inclusive speech. Click here to view the collection…

Produce Results

Courses (26-92 minutes) on producing results through critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and learning from failure. Click here to view the collection…

Level Up – General

Here are a few courses that cover many Level Up competencies. Job Skills: Learning the Basics The Secrets to Success…

Featured Resources

Level Up: Build Skills Employers Want

Employers who hire UW graduates have identified a few core skills that are critical to students’ success in the job …

Employer View on Skills Gap

A national sample of employers who hire new college grads share views on what skills they deem “very important” and …

Level Up Skills Worksheet – Undergraduate

Review the skills below and reflect on any past experiences where you may have demonstrated that skill. Then think of …

Level Up Skills Worksheet – Grad Students

Review the skills below and reflect on any past experiences where you may have demonstrated that skill. Then think of …

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning is an on-demand video learning platform to help you develop and enhance skills. Free access to LinkedIn Learning …

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