How to Know if You’re Career Ready

The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified eight competencies that will give you a professional edge. Employers want to hire applicants who have these in-demand skills and strengths.

What Is Career Readiness

Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management.

To find out if you’re career ready, log into your MyBSU account. Under Student Resources, go to Focus, then “Am I Career Ready.”

Take self-assessments in the various competencies listed to assess and strengthen your career readiness. Learn how you can enhance your employability on these in-demand skills.

Enhance Your Employability

  1. Career & Self Development
    Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.
  2. Communication
    Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
  3. Critical Thinking
    Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
  4. Equity & Inclusion
    Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures and policies of racism.
  5. Leadership
    Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.
  6. Professionalism
    Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.
  7. Teamwork
    Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
  8. Technology
    Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks and accomplish goals.

College to Career Course

Increase your odds of finding an internship or related employment in 50 minutes a week. UNIV 3000 offers support and accountability for the job/internship search. Students enrolled in the course report feeling ready for their next professional step, with many securing interviews and offers.

UNIV 3000 College to Career is offered each spring semester to juniors and seniors of all majors.

Register now for the 1 credit course with Course ID: 236118.

Course content includes:

  • Resume writing
  • Job search skills
  • Interviewing
  • Career Readiness
  • Networking
  • Negotiating benefits and salary

For more information, contact Career Advancement, or call (218) 755-2038.