Professional Development can be broken down into five key, interrelated competencies: Life Management & Wellness, Research, Communication, Leadership & Collaboration, and Career Management. This resource is intended to be a guide for cultivating these 5 Central Competencies, not only through individual projects, but also through departmental, university, and civic engagements graduate students undertake during their time at NYU.
Many graduate students are already building these competencies without realizing it. In addition to providing tools to build these competencies from the ground up, this resource also strives to provide students structure for reflecting on how they are already engaging professional development competencies during their time at NYU. Set aside time to routinely reflect on these competencies throughout your time at NYU (eg: once a semester, quarterly, every 6 months). Think about what type of work you enjoyed most, what was the most challenging, and which competencies you would like to build further. This exercise of reflection, along with the other resources provided in this toolkit, are designed to help you graduate with a deepened understanding of your professional purpose and personal goals.