Get Career Ready

How do you really know which skills employers are looking for? The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) set out to discover what skills college students should focus on in order to be ready for their careers. In fact, many of these are also skills you can apply right now in group projects, field experiences, and more to practice building these competencies.

Your major is only one part of your career readiness process. You'll also want to make sure you have the in-demand skills employers are looking for, and that you've put them to use in real-world experiences. You'll also want to make sure these skills are clearly demonstrated on your application materials (like your resume and cover letter) and that you showcase them in interviews.

Take a look at the resources below on how to get career ready!

  • Rate Your Career Readiness!

    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.
    Communication
    Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
    Critical Thinking
    Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
    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.
    Leadership
    Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.
    Professionalism
    Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.
    Teamwork
    Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
    Technology
    Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
    Tip: When writing a resume bullet point be sure to address 1.) what you did, 2.) what happened, and 3.) why you did it.
    Tip: When answering interview questions, be sure to address 1.) the situation, 2.) your task/role, 3.) the actions you took, and 4.) the result.
    The below are just a few ideas to help you get started. There are lots of other ways to gain experience!
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Review the list below to learn more about each of the NACE Career Readiness Competencies. These are all skills that employers look for in candidates, and that are highly valuable in all types of career settings.

NACE Career Readiness Competencies

  • 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.

  • Communication

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 2022, “What is Career Readiness?” https://www.naceweb.org/career-readiness/competencies/career-readiness-defined/

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