Students who complete EDGE develop a wide range of employer-friendly skills, and they further refine those skills by reflecting on their experiences. The program is designed to encourage students to put the skills and behaviours listed below into practice. This collection of core competencies is still being finalized and is subject to change.
If you have a question about any of the skills or behaviours included below, contact us.
Career managers make an active effort to improve their employability and achieve long-term career sustainability.
- Setting clearly defined career goals
- Looking for lifelong learning opportunities that align with career goals
- Articulating skills gained through various experiences
Good communicators can express themselves clearly and encourage others to do the same.
- Communicating clearly in written form
- Communicating clearly in verbal form
- Actively listening
- Delivering effective presentations
Successful practitioners need to reach a foundational level of competence in their chosen field.
- Solving a problem or generating an idea using knowledge earned through academic study or experience
Successful professionals need to understand how their actions impact others and the world around them.
- Speaking and writing with inclusive language
- Acting with cultural sensitivity and accessibility in mind
- Cultivating community in the workplace
Leaders inspire and influence the people around them. They help get things done.
- Maintaining a positive attitude during busy or difficult periods
- Using emotional intelligence to properly ask time sensitive questions
- Finding ways to make processes more efficient or easier to understand
Successful professionals need to make sure their work and interactions meet a high standard.
- Accepting responsibility for errors or missed deadlines
- Prioritizing tasks when juggling multiple deadlines
- Managing time in order to complete assigned duties
- Adapting to meet the needs of a given workplace culture
Self-managers take responsibility for their behaviour, well-being, and personal development.
- Believing in one's ability to meet challenges and solve problems
- Advocating for one's needs
- Making a conscious effort to grow; both personally and professionally
- Making decisions using sound ethical reasoning
Working effectively with others is paramount to career success.
- Collaborating with others on tasks, projects, and presentations
- Giving and receiving clear, thoughtful feedback
- Adapting to group dynamics
- Resolving conflicts in a fair, respectful manner
Successful professionals need to reach a level of technical proficiency required in the contemporary workplace.
- Solving problems using technology
- Completing administrative tasks using software
- Developing digital literacy
Critical thinkers can process information and evaluate both sides of potential decisions.
- Making good decisions using the available information
- Analysing information to find connections or threads
- Explaining the rationale behind decisions
- Finding solutions to complex problems