By Jacquelyn Heidegger Hamilton, Coordinator Senior, Career and Professional Development Services, ASU
Are you “career ready?”
Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.*
In other words, career readiness means that you have developed strength and skills in each of the eight career competencies through your experiences. These competencies include:
Problem solving and critical thinking
Written and verbal communication
Teamwork and collaboration
Professionalism and work ethic
Global and intercultural frequency
The eight career competencies encompass the skills that employers, across all industries and functional areas, are seeking in college graduates entering the world of work. Highly qualified candidates have reflected on their career competencies and are able to effectively communicate their career readiness.
So why should you focus on your career readiness?
You’ll develop the skills employers want: Focusing on developing your career readiness now will help you enter the world of work with the transferable skills necessary to adapt and grow throughout your career.
You’ll be able to tell your story: Being able to effectively communicate your strengths and “connect the dots” for employers and other professionals in your network can assist you in showcasing that you are the best fit for a specific position, organization, industry or network.
You’ll be able to strategize how to continue growing: Reflecting on your career readiness can help you identify areas of growth as a professional. This type of reflection can be a powerful tool to help you target experiences that will serve as professional development.
It’s important to know that none of us are 10/10s in each of these competency areas. The career competencies are not a “you either have it or you don’t” set of skills. We all have the capacity to gain strength in each area, and all professionals should aim to continuously improve in each competency throughout their career.
What is the career competency you feel strongest in right now? How did you develop strength in this area? You have likely developed strength in this career competency area through a variety of experiences from academic coursework and student organizations to a part-time job or studying abroad.
Are you wondering how you can build your career readiness? Be sure to read our follow-up to this article, Tips for Building Each Career Competency for a list of steps to get you started!