Career Readiness Defined

Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

These are all skills you have likely developed through your coursework and class projects. Be sure to highlight them on your resume when applying to jobs and be able to speak to these skills in an interview.

These competencies are:

  1. Career and 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.
  2. Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
  3. Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  4. Equity and 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.
  5. Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.
  6. Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.
  7. Teamwork:  Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
  8. Technology: Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

National Association of Colleges and Employers Website

Updated: February 13, 2024