Professional development is as important as discovering your strengths and personal aspirations through self-assessments and career exploration.  Professional development competencies are the skills developed from your academic courses, extracurricular activities, internships, jobs, and your life experiences.  These are transferable skills such as collaboration, written and oral communication, and problem-solving sought by employers and graduate schools.  If you have written and presented papers, collaborated on group projects, researched and analyzed data, you have used skills that are not limited to any one academic discipline or knowledge area but are transferable to many careers.  Prospective employers expect you to apply the skills you have learned through your studies and experiences to the work environment.

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