Are You Career Ready?

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Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of competencies that prepare you for a successful transition into the workplace. Below are definitions of the eight core competencies students should have to be successful in the workplace—derived from the 2017 National Association for Colleges and Employers survey. Take the Career Readiness Assessment at the bottom of this page to see where you rate.

Eight Core Competencies


Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles and viewpoints. The individual can work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual can assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, priorities and delegate work.

Digital Technology

Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Professionalism/Work Ethic

Demonstrates personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, time workload management and understanding the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the large community in mind and can learn from his/her mistakes.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions and overcome problems. The individual can obtain, interpret and use knowledge, facts and data in this process and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Career Management

Identify and articulate skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual can navigate and explore job options, can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities and understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Oral/Written Communication

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; can express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Global/Intercultural Fluency

Value, respect and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Are You Career Ready?

Career Readiness Assessment

Take the Career Readiness Assessment to see where you stand and find ideas on how to develop your career readiness.