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Research skills & where to get them: For beginners

April 2021 | 2 mins read

By Sophia Gu
Third Year | Faculty of Science, Pharmacology
Research in all fields is crucial to fill in knowledge gaps and discover more about the unknown. University is an amazing place to explore the research topics that interest you most and build upon the theoretical knowledge that you acquire in class. 

If you’ve never been in a research lab before, URO is here to share how and where you can develop the research skills necessary to start building your research experience portfolio! To do so, we’ve outlined the hard and soft skills that are valued in research positions.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are a set of personality traits formed by habits. While these cannot necessarily be taught in a course, they are nonetheless important for any employment or volunteer position that you pursue, and are great to include on your resume and cover letter. We’ve highlighted some soft skills often used in research:

Hard Skills

Hard skills are teachable and quantifiable skills. These are technical skills that you can develop through work or school. Below you can find examples of hard skills that are valued in research:

We hope that you have a better idea of the types of skills that research labs are looking for and where to start looking for them. If you’d like more guidance, you can connect with one of URO’s Research Coaches. Please note, you must purchase a URO membership first. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about URO’s initiatives, please contact us at