Potter College Core Career Competencies
Potter College Core Career Competencies for career readiness.
Explore issues comprehensively before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Evaluate ideas, knowledge, evidence, and values to inform decisions.
- Acknowledge there may be more than one valid point of view.
- Evaluate an issue or problem based on multiple perspectives, while accounting for personal biases.
- Recognize when information may be incomplete, misleading, or lacking in systematic observation prior to coming to conclusions and making decisions.
Express ideas and goals to engage an audience. Use these skills to inform, persuade, or entertain.
- Consider relationships with the audience and the social and political context in which one communicates.
- Demonstrate command of the means of communication (including relevant language and technical skills).
- Ensure that communication is functional and clear.
Develop the ability to assess problematic situations. Create a process of designing, evaluating and implementing a workable strategy to achieve a goal.
- Recognize constraints to generate a set of alternative courses of action.
- Evaluate alternatives using scientific reasoning.
- Identify and implement the most effective solution, then monitor the outcomes of that solution.
Generate new, distinct, and unique ideas. Make connections among them to create something original.
- Challenge existing paradigms and propose alternatives without being constrained by established approaches.
- Employ knowledge, skills, and abilities, to create something original.
- Take risks and share creative talents to bring forward new work or ideas.
Cultivate cultural awareness by exploring different dimensions of diversity and intersectionality. Understand historical and social contexts and demonstrate a willingness to confront perspectives of dominant cultural narratives, locally, nationally, or globally.
- Understand how culture affects perceptions, attitudes, values, and behaviors.
- Recognize how social structures and systems shape social and economic behavior.
- Appreciate diversity by exploring multicultural perspectives or worldviews.
Empower people and organizations to pursue ethical goals in decision making. Recognize ethical issues arising in a variety of settings or social contexts, reflect on the ethical concerns that pertain to the issue, and choose a course of action based on these reflections.
- Assess the moral consequences of individual and organizational decisions.
- Integrate values and perspectives into an ethical framework for decision making.
- Consider the short- and long-term consequences of actions and relevant ethical principles on all members of a community when making decisions.
Become a leader by fostering teamwork and cohesion in a group. Build collaborative relationships to bring about change and a sense of community and purpose.
- Understand group roles and responsibilities and accept they may change in differing situations.
- Leverage the strengths of the group to achieve a shared vision or objective.
- Effectively manage conflict toward solutions.
Engage arts, culture, history, and storytelling to understand the diversity and complexity of human experiences. Foster empathy and appreciation for different cultures through close examinations of artistic expression.
- Understand how historic and cultural events influence artistic expression (and vice versa).
- Explore artistic works and examine how themes presented in them are relevant to the political and cultural context of today.
- Use artistic expression to engage the audience while further enhancing other aspects of knowledge.
Understand the digital world’s foundations and evolution to connect people and information. Leverage knowledge of information and communications technology in order to thrive in an increasingly digital world.
- Use technologies responsibly.
- Adapt tools to new purposes.
- Keep up with the evolving technology landscape.
Create change and help communities develop common goals while embracing difference. Recognize potential opportunities to serve and contribute to communities. Take action accordingly.
- Actively engage with communities.
- Build awareness of how communities impact individuals and how individuals affect, serve, and shape communities.
- Raise awareness of culture and power in community dynamics.