When it comes to the development of college students’ career readiness, industry should be willing to support career services professionals and faculty.
Wake Forest created its Alumni Personal & Career Development Center and the “Your First Five” competency model to become a lifelong partner in the professional development of their alumni.
With an eye toward the future of its workforce, Mohawk Industries provides its candidates and new college hires with development that extends beyond the internship.
Employers and college students agree on the most important competencies students need, but are divided on the proficiency of new college graduates in these key areas.
To prepare students for their transition to the workforce, career centers have to account for the standards of professionalism shifting over the past several years.
Last fall, VCU began offering its Interdisciplinary Career Readiness Skills minor, an 18-credit pathway for students to develop today’s most highly sought-after job skills.
Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry experiences can help students build competencies in all eight NACE career readiness competencies.
Career services offices should provide programming and resources to help boost students’ proficiency in critical thinking, communication, and professionalism.
The biggest challenge with “professionalism” is ensuring that all candidates and employees understand what it means within the context of the organization and their specific job function.
Career services offices can help students develop their professionalism and navigate situations when “professional standards” may fuel and foster bias.
Amy Morrill Bijeau and Beverly Peters, American University, examine whether students can gain career readiness competencies through virtual internships. Their study compared student self-assessments and supervisor evaluations from those taking part in virtual, in person, and hybrid internship experiences.
NACE has identified key behaviors that allow college students preparing to enter the workforce to demonstrate their career readiness to prospective employers.
Research conducted by Aaron James and Troy Nunamaker, Clemson University, indicates that many students under- or overrate their communication skills, perhaps because they are assessing them in the context of an academic setting, not the workplace.
The authors look at the similarities and differences in how college students and employers describe leadership and its various proficiency levels.
LIM College has a unique career education structure that is based on the NACE Competencies and that will allow the college to conduct longitudinal research.
Employers play an important role in ensuring that college students are career ready and in developing the competencies that prepare graduates for this transition.
Metropolitan State University’s pilot program is studying the efficacy of including an entrepreneurial mindset competency into its career readiness efforts.
The outline compiles key information about on-campus activities and opportunities that will help students build their career readiness competencies.
Employers have consistently identified the four career readiness competencies that they find essential in their new college hires.
escape room at Ball State University helps build critical thinking and
problem-solving skills and competencies in students.
Anne Arundel Community
College is integrating career competencies both at the college and within the
Clemson University’s on-campus internship program helps
1,000 students a year gain experience, build career readiness competencies, and
defray expenses, but it’s development was not without challenges.
Through its University Professional Internship and Co-op Program,
Clemson University provides 1,000 students a year with the opportunity to gain
experience, defray expenses, and build career readiness competencies.
Peck and Preston advance the Cocurricular Career Connections (C3) Leadership Model, designed to connect higher education and business and industry.
Temple’s career center held an event to illustrate the connection between career readiness competencies learned in General Education courses and careers.
When it comes to rating the “career readiness” of college graduates, there are differences in perception between students and employers.
While employers rate critical thinking/problem solving as the most essential competency for new hires, they rate their hires more proficient in other areas.
This article lays out the historical context and challenges associated with competencies, and offers a call to action.
The University of Tampa’s “Spartan Ready” program is designed to become more deliberate about developing the high-demand competencies needed for success in the work force.
Many students struggle to articulate their international experiences. However, career services professionals can help students clear these obstacles.
Employers that want to attract and retain the best employees should focus on engaged students.
Universities are integrating competency development campus-wide by infusing intentional student learning into the curriculum/co-curriculum in different ways.
Analysis of first-generation and non-first-generation students’ views of their proficiency in NACE’s career readiness competencies unearthed differences.
NACE members share resources they have developed to communicate with college students and others about how to develop key competencies, known as the NACE Career Readiness Competencies, needed to be considered ready for the workforce.
When asked to rate the career readiness competencies of college graduates in terms of “essential need,” employers view four as vital, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2016 Spring Update.
When asked to assess candidate skills/qualities, employers rated verbal communications skills the most important, according to NACE's Job Outlook 2016 report.
In December 2014, the NACE Career Readiness Committee surveyed 606 representatives from organizations that hire through a university relations and recruiting effort about their views on career readiness. Results from the survey served as an initial vetting of seven competency areas underpinning “career readiness.”
Career centers can play a key role in ensuring students translate their higher education experiences into those skills sought by employing organizations. Here’s how Florida State University is helping students recognize and express their critical thinking skills.
Percent of employers rating critical thinking as very/extremely important in candidates
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Percent of employers rating students as very/extremely proficient in critical thinking
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Percent of employers rating teamwork as very/extremely important in candidates
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Percent of employers rating students as very/extremely proficient in teamwork
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Competencies in which students were rated most and least proficient by employers
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