Build Your Skills

We know how important it is to explore your options, prepare for your future career, and connect with professionals in your field of interest. Throughout each of these phases of your career development, you should also be building the skills you need to become career ready.


Career readiness is not just about finding and getting the right job--it’s about being ready once you’re there. The core competencies of career readiness broadly prepare UM students for a successful transition into life after the U. Through these competencies, based on the most common attributes employers seek in potential employees, we aim to help you raise and reach the professional standards in your given field.

Here at Toppel, we’ll never stop teaching the importance of identifying and communicating how your skills, experiences, and strengths are relevant to your career path. Once you are on the job, however--whether it’s your first internship, your first job after graduation, or your last job before retirement--there are many skills ‘Canes need to succeed. 

Check out the following programs and resources to help you develop these critical competencies and get career ready!

The Toppel Internship Program (TIP) is a way to gain academic credit for your internship experience.
Get a taste of industry experience by completing short, real-world, company-backed online projects with companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co, Citi, Accenture, BCG, and Deloitte.

An on-demand learning solution designed to help you gain new professional skills and advance your career.

Streamline constructive feedback (from supervisors, colleagues, mentors, faculty, and other types of evaluators) on your performance at any academic or co-curricular experience through a detailed career readiness report

Use this tool to learn more about the key skills and core competencies associated with a given occupation.

Use our ChatGPT guide to learn what skills are needed for any occupation and where to locate skill-building opportunities.