NACE Career Competencies

Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management.

Are you career ready?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) makes it easy for you to assess career readiness. Use these 8 Career Readiness Competencies to gauge where you are at currently and to inform what areas to improve so that you can set yourself up for success in your career.

Career Development

Career & Self-Development 

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. 

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Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

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Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

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Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different cultures, and engage in anti-racist practices.

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Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

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Understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

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Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

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Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

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Learning in Action

Have some work to do?

Parkside faculty and staff are committed to helping you connect with experiences to enhance your career readiness. That includes putting learning in action through through community-based learning courses, internships on campus and in the community, research, study abroad, and so much more.

Explore Learning in Action

Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification
Campus Compact - Campus in Action - Civic Action Planning Initiative
The Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
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