Having a degree and a nice-looking resume will not be enough to land your dream job. Employers are seeking individuals with the right soft skills. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has gathered the top competencies that employers want in their employees. We have created a systematic way for you to develop and articulate these skills so you can successfully transition to the workplace.
Skills Employers Want: Career Readiness Opportunities
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has gathered the top competencies that employers want to see in their employees. The Career Readiness Opportunity is a systematic way for you to develop and articulate these skills so you can successfully transition to the workplace.
Career Management Competency
You are able to navigate and explore job options, understand and take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and know how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace." Learn how to better understand and articulate these skills by completing a Career Management challenge or by articulating a significant past experience.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving Competency
Employers rated critical thinking/problem solving as the most important skill they seek in job candidates. Start where you are to improve this competency by completing one of the challenges to improve your Critical Thinking/Problem Solving skills. It is important to be become a critical thinker and problem solver and equally important to know how to articulate this skill to employers.
Digital Technology Competency
Whether you naturally gravitate toward technology or fall more into the category of being a "late adopter" of technology, learn how technology is affecting your desired industry and career and how you can use it to leverage your professional opportunities by completing one of these challenges.
Global/Intercultural Fluency Competency
This competency is defined as the ability to "demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and respectful interaction with all people along with an appreciation of individuals’ differences." Although your colleagues will have varying opinions, improving in this competency will allow you to navigate these differences in a respectful way, creating an inclusive workplace.
Many companies now use "behavioral interviewing", a technique in which the applicant is asked to describe past behavior in order to determine whether a candidate is fit for a particular position. Many of these behavioral interviewing based questions are ultimately getting at one of the eight career readiness competencies such as leadership. These challenges will help you reflect on and articulate the career readiness competencies, helping you be more prepared for interview questions and other career opportunities.
Oral/Written Communication Competency
Strong communication skills are consistently in high demand in the workplace. Oral and written communication skills are essential to navigating team dynamics and projects, solving problems, managing your career, and more. This highly-sought after skill is defined as the "ability to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization.
Professionalism/Work Ethic Competency
Your non-verbal communication, task management, punctuality and other work habits can impact your career long term and has a significant impact on your professional work image. The mission of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is to "develop leaders of distinction in commerce and public affairs." Among other factors, our students will be identified by their strong commitment to ethical leadership.
Those dreaded group projects do not end when you are awarded your diploma, which is arguably something to look forward to! You can learn a great deal from working with others in teams and other collaborative settings. So put that group project to work in strengthening this competency or select another challenge in its place.