The purpose of the Green and Gold Student Leadership and Professional Development Grant (Green and Gold Grant) is to help U of A students become leaders in their profession following graduation.

This grant provides funding to participate in high impact professional development activities that will help students:

  • Expand and develop leadership and employability skills. 
  • Explore future career opportunities. 
  • Learn about professional practices in different cultures and contexts. 
  • Establish networks vital to professional practice and advancement.
  • Reflect critically on their career interests and aspirations. 

What do we mean by "employability skills"?

Employability skills are the skills directly related to obtaining and maintaining a job. 

These skills include:

  • Generic skills: Skills that are transferable to different situations, such as:
    • Using technology
    • Written and verbal communication
    • Team work
    • Problem solving
  • Self-management skills:
    • Values
    • Abilities
    • Interests
    • Time management
    • Goal setting
    • Perseverance
  • Discipline specific skills: Skills specific to certain occupations or fields 
  • Career management skills: Skills required to navigate the world of work 

Adapted from:

Bridgestock, R. (2009). The graduate attributes we've overlooked: Enhancing graduate employability through career management skills. Higher Education Research & Development, 28(1), 31-44.