Viewpoint: Assessing Career Readiness


Viewpoint: Assessing Career Readiness


How can students demonstrate career readiness? What skills are associated with successful new hires?

It is important for college students to be career ready and confident as they graduate and move into the workplace. This topic is one that is essential for both colleges and universities, as well as employers that want to be sure that their entry-level talent can perform successfully.

NACE created a committee to define career readiness and identify essential competencies sought by organizations that hire college graduates which resulted in the NACE Career Competencies. Join the conversation between a career center director and a talent acquisition director, who were involved on the Career Readiness Competencies Committee. Explore insights into how college students can develop, assess, articulate, and demonstrate key competencies. Additionally, discuss the ways in which companies can benefit from this effort to make informed hiring decisions as well as further engage to ensure that the talent produced by our colleges and universities is prepared to become the corporate leaders of tomorrow.


Christopher Carlson, Director, Talent Acquisition & Diversity, Tennessee Valley Authority

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, Ph.D., Director, Career and Professional Development, Virginia Tech

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