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Be Career Ready

For students and new college graduates, career readiness is key to ensuring successful entrance into the workforce. There are eight career readiness competencies that show employers and graduate schools that you are ready for the next step in your career. These are demonstrated through your actions, application materials, and interviews when applying to an opportunity.

*Content from National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Competencies


Interested in learning more?

Learn more about each of the 8 career competences, and evaluate your skills below!

Career and Self-Development

Learn how you can proactively develop your personal and professional skills, and how you can leverage your strengths.


Communication

How confident are you communicating your facts, ideas, and perspective? Evaluate your written and verbal communication skills.


Critical Thinking

How well do you gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem?


Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude and knowledge required to equitably engage and include people from various cultures.


Leadership

How well do you use innovation to inspire, persuade and motivate those that you work with in and outside of the classroom?


Professionalism

Professionalism looks different in each workplace and each culture. Be present, prepared and hold yourself accountable.


Teamwork

How well do you listen to others and maintain collaborative relationships? Try to build strong working relationships.

Technology

It is important to understand and leverage technologies to increase productivity, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.


Explore Career Resources

No matter what stage of career preparation you are at, there are a variety of career readiness resources available to you!  To get started, explore some of the information and resources below:

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