As a student in our school, you’ll learn how to write clearly, craft effective arguments and communicate your ideas fervently. You’ll discover how to raise critical questions and formulate reasonable strategies to address them. Our rigorous courses will teach you how to read, comprehend and summarize conceptually difficult material. The skills you acquire – like knowing how to ask the right questions, evaluate evidence, form arguments and present analysis – will be highly valuable in any career venture.

Skills employers are seeking in candidates

As a student in SHPRS, you will build new skills, experiences and competencies that contribute to your overall personal growth and professional development. Below are eight career competences that employers are seeking, and highly qualified candidates often possess. Career competencies were developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Career and Professional Development Services has made it easy for you to ensure you are making strides in each of these areas.

Critical thinking/problem solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret and use knowledge, facts and data in process and may demonstrate originality and innovation.

Professionalism/work ethic

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time management,  and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from their mistakes.


Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Digital technology

Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new emerging technologies.

Global/intercultural fluency

Value, respect and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Career management

Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities and understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Oral/written communication

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write and edit memos, letters and complex technical reports clearly and effectively. Individual is adaptable to all forms of communication, or advocates for resources to effectively communicate their ideas.


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to asses and manage their emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize and delegate work.

What can you do with a SHPRS degree?