Build Skills

Prepared to Thrive

Denison students get the skills they need to launch into their professions, prepared to thrive from day one.

Employers regularly rank the abilities that a liberal arts education imparts to their students at the top of their “wanted list.” Those include critical thinking, effective writing, interpersonal communication, research, analysis and the ability to solve complex problems.

But today, sometimes even those most valuable abilities are not enough. To compete effectively for first jobs and graduate programs, Denison delivers profession-specific skills training to our students. Much of this training is available in focused modules that students can access online.

OnBoard delivers nine self-paced instructional modules on the hard and soft skills most employers find lacking in their entry-level applicant pools, including how to use spreadsheet programs, manage projects, review financial statements and write professional memos.

Another signature program, Campaign For My Future, helps juniors and seniors prepare for an effective job search. Students learn to set appropriate milestones to achieve their goals, how to navigate resources, and how to create clear messaging to prospective employers through written and face-to-face communication.

Academics are the basis of all learning — and they provide the foundation of our students’ preparation for their professional and civic lives. Denison is committed to helping our students achieve a healthy and balanced life, so we focus our students’ attention on these programs during the 40 percent of the year, between academic semesters, when students aren’t engaged in classroom work.

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