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Knowledge of the World

Do you know the trends in your chosen field? Are you aware of what’s going on in the world in terms of politics and the economy? Have you considered studying or traveling abroad to immerse yourself in a culture that fascinates you? The economy is becoming increasingly global, and it helps to understand how that impacts your chosen field. Employers are looking to hire someone with broad experiences who’s engaged and informed.

How You Might Build This Skill

  • Get involved on campus with a group or cause that you are passionate about.
  • Read the newspaper at least twice a week to have an understanding of current economic, political, and world events.
  • Read industry publications or articles written by industry leaders to keep up with trends in your chosen field.
  • Volunteer through the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement to build a connection to the city of Richmond and make a difference in your community.
  • Take a foreign language; you’ll increase your cultural awareness and possibly your marketability in today’s global job market.
  • Study abroad to immerse yourself in a new culture.
  • Attend an international center event to experience the richness and diversity of UR’s student body.
  • Become an active contributor in a LinkedIn group discussion thread within your desired industry.
Building Your Brand

Everything from your emails to class attendance shapes how faculty, staff, and potential employers view you. Here are Career Services resources to consider when presenting yourself.