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Career Readiness Competencies

Through a task force comprised of representatives from both the higher education and corporate sides, NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) identified competencies associated with career readiness for the new college graduate. These competencies are reported by employers to be essential in both the recruitment of college graduates and their continued success in the workplace.

What Is Career Readiness? Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. 

For more information, visit the NACE Career Readiness Competencies page. 

 

Career & Self-Development

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

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Communication

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

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Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

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Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

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Leadership

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.                                                                                                           

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Professionalism

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

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Teamwork

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

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Technology

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.                                                                    

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