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.  

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注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
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


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge series. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge series.) 
Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

if you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

Preparation activities

once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. please reference this when you get to step 2 of the preparation phase. 

  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?