Graduate students should look for opportunities to develop their strategic thinking skills and elevate their value in the workforce, writes Dinuka Gunaratne. Gunaratne encourages graduate students to develop their critical thinking skills by considering their long-term goals and plans for their research projects, practicing articulating how their actions are contributing to their future goals, and prioritizing their workloads carefully. The author writes that demonstrating strategic thinking skills in daily engagement is equally important, and recommends that graduate students practice actively contributing to discussions and dialogue, considering challenges from a variety of different perspectives, and initiating innovative change. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.