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Skills Employers Want: Career Readiness Opportunities

Career Readiness and Competencies:

Employers are looking for individuals with the right soft skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication, and digital technology. What are you doing now to develop and practice those skills? It is certainly a life-long process, but as you develop and then learn to articulate these skills, you will be prepared for a successful transition into the workplace.

Assessment Survey:

Your career development team has created an opportunity for students based on the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Career Readiness Competencies. This includes eight competencies that employers consistently emphasize as essential to new college hires. Some of these competencies (soft skills) may come more naturally to you than others. You may even have significant experience in some of these areas in which you could articulate to an employer.

In order to assess where you are currently at, you are invited to fill out a Competency Assessment Survey. 

Begin Competencey Assessment Survey

Upon completion of the survey, you'll have an opportunity to learn more about each of the eight areas and most importantly, have an opportunity to reflect on your past experiences or complete a new challenge. As a result, you will be able to strengthen your skills and learn to articulate these experiences in a business context. 

Career Readiness Competencies:

Each of the pages below includes an introduction to the competency as well as a list of challenges you can complete to pass off the competency.

  1. Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  2. Oral/Written Communication
  3. Teamwork/Collaboration
  4. Digital Technology
  5. Leadership
  6. Professionalism/Work Ethic
  7. Career Management
  8. Global/Intercultural Fluency

How to pass off/Submit verification:

You may have had significant academic, professional, or volunteer experiences, but it will not get you far unless you learn how to articulate these experiences and soft skills to an employer through a resume, cover letter, response to an interview question, etc. Because of this, you will satisfy each competency by submitting one of the following:

  • Resume/Cover Letter
  • Elevator Pitch
  • STAR Interview Response
  • Reflection/Summary

Verification will be submitted using a form (link below) as well as accessible in emails you'll recieve each time you pass off a competency.

Submit Competency Completion Verification Documentation


Career Readiness Competency Information provided by NACE- National Association of Colleges and Employers