Skill Development

Skill Development as an Honors Experience

Skill Development is the practice of working on projects outside your major or career path. It involves sustained training, practice, and participation in a professional field not directly related to your major or professional goals. This can also include hobbies, personal goals, other academic goals, or secondary professional interests that you may have. Outside of your college requirements, what do you like to do? What else do you want to explore in your life?

Why Should I Choose Skill Development?

Building skills outside of your career path helps you become a well-rounded individual with knowledge and ability in multiple areas. In Honors, we encourage our community members to develop themselves holistically. Skill Development enriches your life by building your soft skills and helping you meet people. By honing soft skills like communication, organization, work ethic, teamwork, flexibility, creativity, and leadership, you become a competitive candidate in your field. Engaging in Skill Development builds your character and makes you a stronger and more interesting person who can contribute more to your community. Like the title suggests, it also has you build additional skillsets, that might prove valuable in the future should you pursue new career directions.

What Have Other Students Done for Skill Development?

Past Honors students have set and achieved goals for themselves by receiving training or apprenticeship in cooking, writing, woodworking, music, and jewelry-making. Students have developed skills by being tutors, peer coaches, and orientation leaders. Others have learned new languages or developed coding skills outside of their major and career path. Options for experiences in Skill Development are wide-ranging and truly depend on your individual goals and interests:

  • Technical Training: Coding skills; website building skills in Wordpress or Drupal
  • Writing and publishing: Blog writing; technical writing, publishing; creating a YouTube channel
  • Arts: Performance in a play; working as a tech in a theater
  • Language training at intermediate level or higher

How Do I Get Credit for Skill Development?

Completing an Honors experience in Skill Development requires a minimum of 75+ hours of time on task with the supervision of a mentor. You must have a stated goal to reach by the end of the project. You must also present your experience with a passing score of 80% or higher at the Experiential Learning Fair (ELF). For more information on Honors College Experience requirements, visit the Experience Approval Process page.

What Does a Successful Skill Development Experience Look Like?

A successful Skill Development experience will help you learn more about your interests and meet goals you’ve created to bring you into a deeper understanding and capability of that interest. You should learn more about your interest and bring your skillset to a higher level in a tangible way.

Example ELF Posters and Presentations in Skill Development