NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. While education and experiences are important, employers have identified the following eight competencies as necessary skills for any new college graduate.

  1. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
    Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.
    Employers are seeking students who are able to:
    Obtain, interpret, and use facts and data to make decisions and overcome problems;
    Demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
  2. Oral/Written Communication
    Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization.
    Employers are looking for students who:
    Can clearly articulate thoughts to others;
    Have public speaking skills;
    Can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
  3. Teamwork/Collaboration
    Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse backgrounds
    Employers are looking for students who can:
    Work within a team structure;
    Negotiate and manage conflict
  4. Leadership
    Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
    Employers are looking for students who are able to:
    Assess and manage emotions and those of others;
    Use empathetic skills to guide and motivate;
    Organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
  5. Professionalism/Work Ethic
    Demonstrate accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, and time workload management.
    Employers are seeking students who:
    Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior;
    Act responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind;
    Are able to learn from their mistakes.
  6. Career Management
    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.
    Employers are looking for students who:
    Are able to explore and pursue job options;
    Understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  7. Digital Technology
    Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
    Employers are looking for students who:
    Demonstrate effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
  8. Global/Intercultural Fluency
    Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations,
    and religions.
    Employers are looking for students who:
    Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity;
    Have the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

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