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Professional Development - Success Skills

meliora weekend students on quadThe Success Skills project started with our 2019 Design Challenge student winners – Adventure Capital.

The idea is simple: curate a list of courses, trainings, and learning opportunities in order to develop skills or competencies that compliment what students learn in their courses. The pilot effort focuses on key areas identified by alumni and students. Check out some of the offerings and feel free to recommend other resources using the volunteer/recommendation form.

January 2021 UR Innovation Challenge: Community Health Crises 
innovation_challenge.pngUR Innovation Challenge: Community Health Crises
  • January 11, 2021 - January 22, 2021.
  • Open to ALL UR students.
  • Registration is now open! Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on January 5

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to social, economic and emotional devastation all around the world. Here in Rochester, organizations, families and individuals are facing long term hardships due to social isolation, financial constraints, and health concerns. More than ever before, the people of Rochester are affected by community health crises including mental health, housing evictions, safe public transportation, and sourcing sustainable food. We are urging you to join our community health partners in Rochester to address their most pressing needs!

Our Rochester partners are addressing community health with resilience, caution and creativity, testing out innovative solutions and thinking outside the box to continue their service during and after the pandemic. Some of these innovative businesses and organizations have opened their doors to University of Rochester students to collaborate, co-create and implement some new solutions that will come out of this challenge. 

The Challenge

For example, you might be paired with a food pantry to work on marketing, fundraising, or distribution strategies. Over the course of the challenge, you will be provided workshops, tools, mentorship, and one-on-one time with your community partner to develop the best solution.

The Challenge is open to all majors and class years in both undergraduate and graduate programs (incl. URMC, Simon, Warner and Eastman)! It will take place between January 11 - 22 during the afternoon (exact times TBD). 


  • Teams may contain up to four team members.
  • Your team’s community partner and challenge question will be emailed to you at 9 am EST on January 11th, 2021.
  • By submitting a solution, participants agree to all of the submission requirements, including confidentiality, selection, and reviewing process.
  • Community members will have ownership and access to all ideas at the end of the challenge, including those that weren’t selected.
  • You may use any outside expertise to create your solution. However, we ask that you acknowledge your sources in your final presentation.
  • Teams are expected to abide by the University’s Code of Conduct at all times.
  • 1st place: $1500
  • 2nd place: $1000
  • 3rd place: $500
Additional benefits:
  • Certain workshops will count towards competition of the Medallion Program.
  • The challenge could be used as a part of the Grand Challenges Scholars Program to fulfill entrepreneurship or service requirements. It ties in with the Health and Security themes.  
  • Aside from the support you are giving the community partners, this is a great opportunity to build relationships with them that could eventually lead into internship and mentorship opportunities.
  • Winter COVID-19 Challenge satisfies these aspects of the Medallion Program:
    • Level 1: Practical Competency = Customer Discovery: How to Interview Ain Center workshop
    • Level 1: Cognitive Complexity = Pitch Workshop Ain Center workshop
    • Level 1: Civic Engagement = Community Engagement CCE workshop
    • Level 2: Interpersonal Competency (x2)  = the experience working with community partners, team members, judges in this program.

For questions, contact Joshua Batres from the organizing team.

This challenge is co-hosted by Barbara J. Burger iZone, Center for Community Engagement, The Greene Center for Career Education & Connections, Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Hajim School Grand Challenges Scholars Program.

The Medallion Program is the College's premier leadership development experience. The program provides opportunities for intentional learning, self-reflection, and skill development. Students enrolled in the Medallion Program gain a strong sense of self-awareness, work effectively with others, and become civically and socially engaged. Learn about the levels of the program and how to enroll.

Professional Development - Success Skills

Limited funding is available for online professional development and success skill building activities, courses and opportunities. While there are several listed below, other opportunities will also be considered. Have an idea for this list? Let us know!


  • Coursera: The University has partnered with Coursera to bring its Coursera for Campus offering to our students through Spring 2021. Through this you have free access to 3800 courses, 400 specializations, and hundreds of guided projects, as long as you register by February 28th and complete the learning opportunity by April 28th! To get started just click University of Rochester's Coursera for Campus link, sign up with your University email address (or login if you already have an account with this address), and you'll be taken in to browse and register for courses! You can select from various collections of topics, or use the "Explore" button at the top to surf content.
  • LinkedIn Learning: LinkedIn has opened up 14 different learning paths for some of the most in-demand opportunities. These include everything from software development to graphic design to critical softskills. Available until 3/31/21.
  • Class Central: Online learning opportunity aggregator, with a wide variety of topics, and recommended courses based off their review system. Also includes an up to date list of free opportunities available during the pandemic.
  • Tableau: free “getting started” courses with additional certification opportunities
  • Project Management Institute (PMI): 10+ Hours of Project Management Courses. Includes various resources, most notably, free online courses. A subscription normally costs $129 per year.
  • Salesforce Training: With over 150,000 organizations using Salesforce today, it is a great idea to familizarize yourself with the platform. Trailhead by Salesforce is the fun way to learn in-demand skills and gain resume-worthy credentials. Trailhead also provides mentorship opportunities and can help you identify different career paths based on your interests!


  • Bloomberg Market Concepts (BMC): Certification - Register for a learner account through Bloomberg's website using UofR school e-mail address. (A pay screen may appear, but the amount will be $0 if you used your school email). Once prompted, input the University of Rochester class code: WZFG4PXDL9
  • Corporate Finance Institute: Self-Study Bundle and FVMA Certification - $497
  • Wall Street Prep: Basic - $199,Premium - $499
  • YouExec:Instantly access 10,000+ presentation slides, business book audio summaries, spreadsheet models, and create a fully animated resume website.


  • Open P-TECH: Students can take free online classes in things like block chain, design thinking, and AI as well as offers badging in industry-leading technologies that can be added to their LinkedIn account. 
  • Kaggle: Grow your data science skills, manipulate data sets, compete in competitions, explore and run machine learning code, and complete mini-courses.
  • Microsoft:Free Azure Training & Certification. Includes full-day webinars to learn Microsoft Azure basics as well as a voucher for a certification exam. The certification normally costs $100.
  • IBM: 100+ Free IBM Training Courses. Includes courses about IBM’s Cloud and Watson platforms, and professional development in general.
  • Oracle:Free Oracle Cloud and Databases Training. Offers 50+ hours worth of educational material for Oracle’s cloud infrastructure and autonomous databases.
  • Product School: 10+ Hours of Free Product Management Courses. Includes a course on digital products and another on career development. These normally cost $2000 and $1000 respectively.





The Greene Center has set aside funding to help students access professional development and skill building opportunities. Check out the application and deadlines.

A Guide to Gig Work

Increasingly, more students are entering the “gig economy” which is a trend for the Future of Work. We compiled some resources and created a gig economy guide to help students answer questions about how to establish a side-hustle.

Please note: All international students must consult with an ISO adviser to determine eligibility to undertake any gig work or an internship.

Medallion Program - Leadership

The Medallion Program is the College's premier leadership development experience. Completing the program provides undergraduate students with proficient knowledge in the College Competency: Leadership. It is uniquely designed to allow students to enter the program at any point, meaning attending a workshop in either Level 1 or 2 (even before enrolling) is acceptable. The program's sophisticated attendance tracking allows students to track and document their progress once they are ready to enroll. Each workshop is connected to one of six foundational domains of the Medallion Program: intrapersonal development, knowledge acquisition, cognitive complexity, practical competence, civic engagement, interpersonal competence, as well as one of the seven College Competencies. Explore the workshops available and follow the Medallion Program on Facebook or Instagram @medallionprogram.