Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of the required competencies that broadly
prepare graduates for the successful transition into the workplace.
More simply put, it is the process of preparing students to find a job, keep it, and grow within that job.
What does it take to be Career Ready?
Job Seeking Skills/Career Management
Students need to be able to look for a job, apply for it, and interview with confidence. They should also be able to identify and express their skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience to potential employers.
Oral and Written Communication
Career-ready individuals should be able to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in oral and written forms to others within the organization as well as those outside of it. This includes public speaking skills and writing and editing memos, letters, emails, and technical reports.
Effective work habits and a strong work ethic are important for retaining a job. Job seekers also should be punctual, have good time management skills, work productively with others, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication. Integrity and the ability to learn from mistakes are also very important.
The ability to understand and manage personal money helps with one’s readiness to be in charge of business accounts and spending.
An individual in today’s business setting must be adaptable to new and emerging technologies. Moreover, have the ability to use them ethically and efficiently to complete tasks, solve problems, and accomplish goals.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Sound reasoning to analyze issues, overcome problems, and make decisions is not only desirable but also necessary in a work environment. Individuals must also have the ability to interpret facts and data using originality.
A good employee is able to manage his or her own emotions and use empathetic skills to guide and motivate others. He or she can also organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
The ability to build collaborative relationships with colleagues from different backgrounds is very important in the workplace. An employee should also have the ability to work within a team structure, negotiate, and manage conflict effectively.
Valuing, respecting, and being open to learning from diverse cultures, age groups, races, religions, and gender identities is important in every workplace. A career-ready individual will also demonstrate openness, sensitivity, inclusiveness, and the ability to interact with everyone and understand and appreciate differences.
Are You Career-Ready?