Students

CAREER READINESS 

for the New College Graduate

A Definition and Competencies

ARE YOU CAREER OR WORKPLACE READY??

(Click here for printable handout with definition of each competency area.)

Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.  Competencies include:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Oral/Written Communications
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Leadership
  • Career Management
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency

 PLAN EARLY for your next steps!!!!

Students are encouraged to begin in the freshman year with self-assessment and career exploration. Career Services offers to support the work of academic advisors by administering and interpreting with students the Strong Interest Inventory to help clarify their respective areas of strength.  During the sophomore through senior years, we recommend that students become involved in summer jobs, internships, externships, and volunteer work to build experience on which to seek professional positions. Students spend the latter part of the junior year and the entire senior year preparing to search for and acquire employment and/or advanced study commensurate with their needs and academic experience.  


FOUR-YEAR PLANNING GUIDELINES

(printable version with details)

Don't wait until one month before graduation to plan for your career!

Start today!! The earlier you start, the more likely you will be successful in attaining your goals by graduation.  How??? 

Freshman Year - Awareness

Sophomore Year ­ - Exploration

Junior Year ­- Experience

Senior Year - Decision-Making