Soft Skills Studio

three people in business attire stand in front of arrows pointing outward, reading soft skills.

We invite students to develop their soft skills through exploring leaders and industries of interest, and contributing to the development of a digital soft skills catalog.

Project description

Many are concerned that recent graduates are missing important soft skills that are critical to current workforce needs and emerging markets. Employers have identified non-technical skills such as leadership, problem solving, communication, collaboration, as well as social and interpersonal competencies that are particularly critical yet lacking.  

For students pursuing jobs, both outside and inside the university, the pressure to develop their soft skills while completing degree requirements and expectations can seem overwhelming and confusing. And for employers, who look to colleges and universities to cultivate these skills, the perceived deficiencies remain frustrating and problematic.

We invite UB students of all majors and backgrounds to cultivate their soft skills through working to identify professionals in their fields of interest (historical or present) who exemplify these qualities, gaining insights related to strategies, lessons learned, and resources, as well as areas for growth and development, contributing to a digital catalog that can be used by UB students toward developing their professional capacity and success. 

Project outcome

This project will include the following individual and collective outcomes:

  • Students will explore soft skills as they relate to specific career paths, evolving industries and employers of interest.
  • Students will self-reflect on strengths and experiences while identifying gaps and areas for growth
  • Students will explore networks and affiliations to identify professionals within their aspirant career trajectory that exemplify and embody the skills of interest, conducting interviews to identify strategies, insights and resources associated with their competencies
  • Students will contribute to a digital soft skills catalog that will serve as a resource for other students

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Less than a semester (1-2 months)
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Both independent and group engagement
Benefits Volunteer
Who is eligible  Anyone
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.
Truman and Fulbright Scholarships

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Truman Scholarship and the Fulbright Scholarship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Core partners

  • Career Services
  • Alumni Engagement
  • Educational Opportunity Center

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  1. Submit a personal statement that articulates your professional goals and related academic plans. Identify 3 soft skills that you believe to be particularly important with regard to your professional goals and explain their significance. 
  2. Choose one of the indicated soft skills (from #1) and identify a current or historical figure related to your professional interests who exemplifies/d this soft skill in a way that it features/d prominently in their success and/or impact. Provide a compelling narrative (written or shared via some other digital form) that connects his/her/their success to that particular soft skill. What do you hope to learn and adopt within your own toolkit? What modifications/adjustments would need to be made based on your particular field or context of interest?