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Many employers have concerns about the career readiness of today’s college students.  Virginia Tech Career & Professional Development has identified six professional competencies to help you prepare and succeed in the workplace.

COMMUNICATION
Articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills (to instruct, inform and persuade), as well as listening for meaning to gain understanding.  The ability to deliver information in person, in writing, and in a digital world.

TEAMWORK AND INTERPERSONAL
Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively with others in a team setting through shared responsibility, empathy and respect.  The ability to manage ones emotions and conflict with others while contributing towards a common goal.

LEADERSHIP
Leverage strengths to motivate, collaborate and guide.  The ability to use a positive attitude to influence and empower others to reach a shared goal through strategic thinking and effective decision-making.   

CREATIVITY AND PROBLEM-SOLVING
Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, synthesize information, make decisions and solve problems.  The ability to think critically and strategically to develop original ideas and innovative solutions.

PROFESSIONALISM AND PRODUCTIVITY
Demonstrate integrity, resilience, accountability and ethical behavior.  The ability to take initiative, maintain effective work habits (prioritize, plan and manage work) to produce high quality results and project a professional presence.

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Respect the viewpoints of those from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions and lifestyles to build collaborative relationships and communicate effectively.  The ability to appreciate, value, and learn from other cultures and perspectives to move beyond tolerance.

Definition of Career Readiness

Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition to the workplace.  (Defined by NACE, National Association of Colleges and Employers)

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