Career Readiness Competencies

What does "Career Ready" mean?

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), career readiness is key to ensuring successful entrance into the workforce.  It is the foundation upon which a successful career is launched.  There are eight career readiness competencies which can be demonstrated in a variety of ways.  Learn more about the Competencies for a Career-Ready Workforce (PDF).

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. 

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

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.


Career & Self Development: Proactively develop oneself and one's career through continue personal and professional learning, awareness of strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build professional relationships.