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Are you career-ready?
You’ve graduated. Now the question is: where are you on your career path?
Not all college graduates who’ve earned the same degree may have the same career readiness in their chosen field.
Besides the educational background required for your profession, there are several competencies you should be able to demonstrate as well.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified 8 key competencies for career readiness. See NACE’s definitions below, along with some examples of demonstrating each competency in the real world.
The examples of positions given here are meant to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
As you review the skills listed below, think about how you can apply them as you develop opportunities in your field.
“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.”
“Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.”
“Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks and accomplish goals.”
“Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.”
“Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.”
“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.”
“Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures and policies of racism.”
Regardless of your position or area of study, these 8 career readiness competencies can help you in the pursuit of your professional goals.
The Capella University Career Development Center support team, resources and tools help students and alumni on every step of their career path. Learn more about college and career readiness options and how to plan for your career.