To help articulate your transferrable skills, UC San Diego has defined twelve competencies obtained through academic, cocurricular, and experiential learning that prepare you for life. Work with your Career Center coach to identify the competencies you have already developed and which competencies you should strengthen to better position yourself for prospective employers or graduate schools. 

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving 
    Identifies important problems and questions and gathers, analyzes, evaluates information from a variety of sources before forming a strategy, decision, or opinion.
  •  Research Ability
    Accesses and evaluates multiple sources of information, including text and images, and synthesizes information to solve problems an create new insights.
  • Oral, Written, & Digital Communication
    Conveys meaning and responds to needs of diverse audiences through writing and speaking coherently and effectively, and develops the expression of ideas through written, oral and digital mediums.
  • Teamwork/Cross-Cultural Collaboration
    Works with and seeks involvement from people and entities with diverse experiences towards a common goal, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills, respect, and dignity for others.
  • Understanding Global Context
    Demonstrates an understanding of complex global issues and systems, and how  issues and actions have local and global implications for the future.
  • Leadership
    Takes initiative, demonstrates effective decision making and informed risk taking, and motivates and encourages participation from others to work towards a shared purpose and vision.
  • Professionalism/Integrity
    Demonstrates integrity, honesty, dependability and ethical responsibility and accepts direction and personal accountability.
  • Self-reflection
    Assesses, articulates, and acknowledges persona skills and abilities, and learns from past experiences and feedback to gain new insights and understandings.
  • Career Development
    Accesses information and opportunities for career exploration, and understands and articulates the importance of transferable skills in the job search process.
  • Digital Information Fluency
    Demonstrates technological literacy and skills, and ethically and effectively uses technology to communicate, problem-solve, and complete tasks.
  • Civic Engagement/Social Responsibility
    Participates in service/volunteer activities characterized by reciprocity, engages in critical reflection, and appropriately challenges unfair and unjust behavior to make a positive difference in the community.
  • Innovation/Entrepreneurial Thinking
    Synthesizes existing ideas and concepts in an innovative and creative way to develop new ways of thinking or working, and engages in divergent thinking and risk taking.

Learn more about how the competencies are used on your Co-Curricular Record.