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Indiana University Bloomington

Communication, Professional & Computer Skills

Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal lists communication skills among the top traits sought by recruiters.

Practically Speaking

“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.” -- Bill Gates

Welcome from the Co-Directors

Sue Vargo

Director of Communication Skills and Professional Skills 

Amy Kinser

Director of Computer Skills 

 “We are committed to providing outstanding communication, professional, and computer skills preparation so our students can look forward with the confidence required to gain a competitive advantage.”


About Us

We offer required and elective courses integral to the Kelley undergraduate curriculum. Our dedicated skills area is unique among business schools. Many students outside of Kelley also benefit from the strong foundation we offer in  business communication, professional skills, and information technology.

 Explore our areas:

Communication Skills for Career Success

CPCS communication courses will give the polish, poise, and confidence you need to succeed in your profession.

You’ll have the opportunity to:
  • Refine your public speaking and presentation skills
  • Strengthen your business writing while learning to draft effective reports, memos, emails, and PowerPoint presentations
  • Seamlessly integrate writing, speaking, listening, and teamwork
Students learn best through practical experience. By tackling the fears many students have about public speaking and teaching our students how to communicate in a business setting, we offer Kelley undergraduates a distinct advantage in the marketplace.

Professional Skills for Career Development

We’ll provide the career exploration, management strategies, leadership skills training, and development tools you need to take ownership of your future and position yourself competitively in an uncertain global economy.

You’ll learn to:
  • Utilize company research to match your passions to organizations you may work with after graduation
  • Articulate your career goals and corporate culture preferences

Computer Skills for a Competitive Advantage

We'll prepare you for information technology's role in a rapidly changing world, regardless of your industry or business focus. 

You’ll learn how to use IT tools to:
  • Solve business problems
  • Support business decisions
  • Effectively collaborate
We emphasize theory and practice through a lecture and laboratory combination providing real-life work situations. You'll gain an understanding of the advantages and limitations of a wide range of information technologies, taking you beyond the basic spreadsheet and giving you the competitive tools you’ll need in your career.