By Natalie McIntyre, Career and Industry Specialist, Career and Professional Development Services
Are you Career Ready?
The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines the career readiness of college graduates by pointing to eight competencies that support a successful transition of graduates into the workplace. Based on a survey of over 600 organizations that hire recent university graduates and their view of what competencies are most important for these graduates to exhibit, the competencies that emerged include:
- Professionalism/Work Ethic
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
- Oral/Written Communication
- Digital Technology
- Career Management
- Global/Intercultural Fluency
Recent graduates who have developed these competencies are said to be career-ready and competitive candidates in the hiring process.
Although many students are able to develop these competencies while attending college, many of these skills are developed through outside involvement such as leadership positions, volunteer work or internships. Organizations that responded to the NACE survey cited the importance of college students gaining hands-on work experience to develop these skills.
Are you developing these eight competencies to become a competitive candidate in your field? Becoming career-ready will not only make you a competitive candidate but a successful employee beyond the initial hiring process that may lead to greater movement and growth within an organization. Consider these ways to start developing a few of the competencies:
- Join a student organization that includes individuals of different cultures, races, ages or other identities than you to develop global/intercultural fluency.
- Challenge yourself to learn new software or take a technology class related to your field to develop your digital technology competency.
- Visit Career and Professional Development Services and participate in a mock interview to practice articulating your experiences and how they relate to your desired career goals to develop in career management.
Developing competencies does not have to be hard, and can start with small yet effective steps. For more information on career competencies, visit our YouTube channel here. To learn more about the NACE survey visit here. Set goals today to start becoming career ready!