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Gain functional and technical skills that employers are looking for.

Free skill-building resources for Wildcats! Kaplan Credegree offers free professional exam and certification prep for students in project management, finance, tech and more. Helpful prep materials for earning a professional credential to set your application apart. Available to Wildcats with an email. Summer Session begins May 13.

Forage offers virtual work simulations that build skills and provide a window into what it would be like to be an employee at a top company like J.P. Morgan, Lululemon, Accenture, G.E. Aerospace and more! You’re 2.6x more likely to land a job if you complete a work simulation and earn a certificate.

Functional skills, sometimes called “hard” or “technical” skills, are concrete skills, behaviors and knowledge that you build mastery in. These skills require specific technical knowledge or training, and apply to many different work settings.

Students can select from seven different exam prep packages offered by Kaplan Credegree. One option per student. These are free, asynchronous and fully remote. These choices include:

1. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Cloud Practitioner practice exam prep package

2. CompTIA IT Fundamentals Practice Exam Package

3. Comp TIA A+ Practice Exam Package

4. Financial Paraplanner Qualified Professional ( FPQP®) Professional Designation Package

5. Wealth Management Specialist (WMS®) Professional Designation Package

6. Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam Package

7. Projects in Controlled Environments 2 (Prince 2) Practice Test

Interested students can register on Handshake 

Students will be emailed the portal link to the exam prep materials at the start of the session. Please note that this only includes the practice exams and does not cover the exam itself. Students may only select one of the above choices. These practice exams support industry-recognized credentials that validate a student’s technical skills and expertise in this competitive and growing job market. With a number of exam-like practice tests, the Kaplan Credegree program helps students prepare for certification in finance, technology, and project management.

Available to Wildcats with an active email address until August 1, 2024.

Forage offers virtual job simulations to help build real-life skills for real-life roles, offering a window into the company and a preview of their day-to-day. Job sims are 100% free, open access and self-paced. What you can expect:

  1. Register for Forage and tell us a little about yourself.
  2. Enroll in a job sim and complete tasks that replicate real work.
  3. Compare your work with model answers and earn a certificate.
  4. Access curated resources and a chance to connect with recruiters.

If you are applying to jobs, or starting a career, in a field that requires or recommends a professional or technical certification, you can gain an edge by investing the time to gain new skills and earn a certificate specific to the industry. Employers will typically indicate if a specialized certification is necessary for the position they’re advertising.

Across majors, industries and roles, transferrable, functional and professional skills are something ALL employers look for when hiring! No matter your level of experience, showcasing these these skills in your application opens doors and prepares you for success in your career. The more of these skills you can demonstrate shows that you are well-prepared for the role and will make your application stand out.

Alumni who have graduated more than two years ago have access to Handshake, a powerful tool to search for open positions and connect with employers. We also recommend Arizona Alumni Career Lab for tips and alumni resources and connections. The SECD website provides additional resources for career exploration, how to conduct an active job search, and tips for networking and interviewing.

If you haven’t made one, we recommend that you start with a plan. Download the Career Journey Map to visualize and map out your next steps. You may be farther along than you think! Having a plan makes for a manageable process, and for each step of the journey you’ll find helpful and relevant resources here on our website. We also suggest that you connect with an industry professional to conduct an Informational interview. If you’ve graduated in the last year, you can also schedule a chat with a career advisor to talk through your plan.

Yes! There are many ways to get involved and support your fellow Wildcats. Start by becoming an Alumni Mentor. and join the Wildcat Career Connections community on LinkedIn. Be a host for our one-day Job Shadow Program, or contact our career education team to learn more about Handshake, and internship and experiential learning programs.


About 70% of graduating seniors reported finding a full time job through common forms of networking.