Kevin Gray, ext. 139, 610.868.1421
May 4, 2021
NACE Ties Behaviors to Career Readiness Competencies
BETHLEHEM, PA—The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified key behaviors that allow college students preparing to enter the workforce to demonstrate their career readiness to prospective employers.
“The sample behaviors are a crucial tool because they provide a broad range of ways each of NACE’s eight career readiness competencies can be demonstrated,” explains Shawn VanDerziel, NACE’s executive director.
“This is important because the competencies align with the attributes employers most want to see in the college graduates they hire for full-time positions and the college students they bring on board for internships.”
Recent NACE research shows that employers are seeking to hire candidates with an ability to work in a team, and with strong problem-solving, analytical, and communication skills.
College students can use the sample behaviors—which have been validated through research—to provide evidence of their proficiency in NACE’s Career Readiness Competencies, a set of skills and attributes college students can develop to help launch successful professional careers.
Furthermore, colleges and employers can use these behaviors to identify and develop career readiness competencies in college students.
NACE’s Career Readiness Competencies and their definitions are:
About NACE’s Career Readiness Competencies: NACE launched its Career Readiness Initiative in 2015 to address a fundamental need for new college graduates and the professionals who serve their career development needs and recruit them into the workforce: a shared understanding of what is needed to launch and develop a successful career, a common vocabulary by which to discuss needs and expectations, and a basic set of competencies upon which a successful career is launched. In 2020, a member task force undertook to review and revise the competencies as needed, while NACE and SkillSurvey completed a key phase of its validation effort to identify sample behaviors. More information about NACE’s Career Readiness Competencies—including the sample behaviors—is available on NACEWeb.
To arrange an interview with Shawn VanDerziel, NACE’s executive director, to discuss the NACE Career Readiness Competencies, please contact Kevin Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About NACE: Since 1956, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been the leading source of information about the employment of college graduates. For more information, visit www.naceweb.org. NACE maintains a virtual press room for the media.