According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), Career Readiness involves “the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.” Career Readiness includes eight competencies.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
- Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make
decisions,and overcome problems.
- Obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
- Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization.
- Strong public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
- Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
- Able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
- Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
- Demonstrate effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
- Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
- Assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
- Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image.
- Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind and is able to learn from his/her/their mistakes.
- Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth.
- Able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
- Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.
- Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.