PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES' CAREER SUCCESS
Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition in to the workplace.
Definition provided by NACE.
NACE is the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
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.
Motivate, organize, and delegate work by leveraging the strengths of individuals. The ability to use empathetic skills and a positive attitude to guide and influence others while reaching a shared goal through adaptability 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.
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.