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.
Top Actions to Get Career Ready Today
Know the Skills
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.
Experience refers to anything you’ve engaged in that has prepared you for your professional career, whether it’s related to your major or not. You may already be in a job where you’re practicing the skills you’ll need to get you where you want to go next. If you’re not sure what you want to do, start exploring today with experiences through Forage or Parker-Dewey!
Share Your Story
Whether you’re still deciding on a major or are actively searching for your next job, you’ll want to make sure to showcase your skills and experiences through an online profile. Sharing your story on Rutgers-Newark Handshake or LinkedIn is a great way to help employers find you. Be sure to include volunteer experiences, relevant courses, recent jobs, and other information about yourself.
Rate your career readiness and get customized resources to help you work towards your career goals. Get started with our career readiness self-assessment today!