Career Readiness

Career readiness refers to attainment of core competencies that form the foundation for workplace success across fields and job functions. New college graduates will set themselves apart in the job market by demonstrating how they have gained and applied these competencies.

A clear outline of possible marketable skills could help attract and boost students to your office/department, if listed within the position Student Learning Objectives. Adding the 8 NACE Competencies directly to the post, will give students the confidence and ability to describe the experience they have built while in college. To assist with student knowledge and relaying of the skills earned through their on-campus positions, here is a template of job descriptions available to plug into job postings:

NACE Competency Jobs Templates

NACE Competencies Explained

Research Position Job Descriptions

Career-Ready Skills


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


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 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.

Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures.


Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.


Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.


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

Reading Suggestions for Supervisors and Student Staff

DIY Professional Development:

Resource Roundup

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Career Related LinkedIn Learning

Student, self-initiated courses on LinkedIn Learning platform

What is Student Prof. Development?

This is a hub of student information and resources

Skill Building Activities


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