Career Competencies

NYUAD Career Skills for Success

Career competencies represent the skills, experiences and attributes that will help you thrive in your post graduate futures. Mastering the competencies below will provide you with the foundation to transition and be successful throughout your career journey.

Career Competencies lay the foundation to prepare University students for successful entry into the workforce by:

  • Providing a common vocabulary to use when discussing post graduate readiness
  • Creating a framework for thinking about future focused skill building


Articulate ideas clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing.

External Options

Self Awareness

Identify and reflect on personal values, interests, skills, strengths, and growth areas.

  • Review Chapter 1 Career Exploration in the Career Guide to evaluate your values, skills and interests.
  • Take career assessments such as the Strong Interest Inventory, 16 personalities, CliftonStrengths to assess your personality, interests, skills, and values to determine what occupations are a good “fit.”
  • Make use of our physical CDC library to investigate potential career paths in fields/industries of interest.
  • Connect with a CDC advisor to talk about your interests.
  • Meet with an advisor from the Student Success and Wellbeing Office
  • Reflect and record want you learned during your various experiences (e.g. internships, assistantships, leadership roles).
  • Ask your student assistantship/internship supervisor for feedback.
  • Utilize the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).
  • Attend the The Major Dilemma Workshop.


Build collaborative partnerships and work together towards common goals while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

  • Volunteer using the Office of Community Outreach to find opportunities.
  • Do an internship that requires working with others.
  • Join a SIG that hosts events and learn to collaborate with other members.
  • Apply for student assistantships that work in teams.
  • Join a sports team.
  • Work on team projects in class.


Demonstrating competence, respect, and integrity in the workplace.

  • Review CDC’s professional guidelines.
  • Ensure that you have taken the CDC Orientation (check Handshake) and Summer Internship Orientation.
  • Review NYUAD Student Conduct Policy.
  • Participate in the Senior Transition Series.
  • Attend the workshop: How to Talk to People You Don’t Know.
  • Participate in Networking Night hosted by the CDC.
  • Attend Employer Sessions hosted by the CDC.
  • Practice mock interviews with a CDC advisor.
  • Learn the bias of professional standards.

Career Management

Identify and pursue areas of professional development while persisting through setbacks.

  • Participate in the CDC Back to Basics Series.
  • Update your CV.
  • Write and receive feedback on a Cover Letter.
  • Research companies using,,, and
  • Utilize a Job Search Tracking log to keep job search efforts organized.
  • Research occupations using Vault Guides,, Skillsmatcher.
  • See what NYUAD students are doing by reviewing the internship map, graduate school map, salary guide.
  • Attend NYUAD CDC’s Opportunities Fairs.
  • Attend relevant CDC employer information sessions

Building Your Network

Build professional connections and share industry information for mutual benefit.

  • Join a relevant professional association and attend its workshops and conferences.
  • Participate in NYUAD CDC’s Networking Night
    Create/enhance your LinkedIn and online profiles.
  • Schedule informational interviews with professionals in fields/industries of interest.
  • Attend relevant CDC career chats and panels.
  • Read Handshake article on Networking.
  • Attend Alumni events.
  • Attend industry specific workshops.

Intercultural and Global Understanding

Apply cultural awareness and empathy across relationships and environments.


Maximize strengths and efforts of others towards achieving a common goal.

  • Take on a leadership role within a student interest group (SIG) or the NYUAD Student Government.
  • Participate in an NYUAD leadership activity.
  • Join the NYUAD Leadership Program.
  • Become a Resident Assistant.
  • Become a First Year Dialogue Facilitator.

Critical Thinking

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze and evaluate circumstances.

Digital Fluency

Being aware of and able to navigate relevant technology.

  • Learn a new skill through LinkedIn Learning.
  • Review Handshake article about digital literacy.
  • Review job listings in your field of interest to see what digital competencies are required.
  • Utilize pre-skilling development fund to acquire future-ready job market (for graduate students and undergraduates when applicable).


Contributing in a creative and imaginative way.

  • Attend workshops or get involved with startAD.
  • Get involved with Hub71.
  • Take Arts, Design, and Technology courses at NYUAD.
  • Stay up to date on current trends in your field of interest (connect with professional organizations, join online discussions, follow trendsetters on LinkedIn)