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Career Readiness

The Division of Student Affairs creates learning experiences that provide students the opportunity to improve their career readiness competencies that broadly prepare them for a successful transition into the workplace. These learning goals include communication, professionalism, teamwork and collaboration, and career management.

Students will increase their personal agency for career self-management.

Career self-management is the active process of engaging in career exploration and planning, and pursuing opportunities that lead to positive career preparation and outcomes.

Students will enhance their ability to communicate effectively.

Communication is writing and speaking effectively within multiple contexts and environments while leveraging strong verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills.

Intended Outcomes
  • Students will demonstrate active communication skills to effectively explain a topic, idea, or feeling.
  • Students will demonstrate active listening skills.
  • Students will consider the interests and perspectives of others when communicating.
  • Students will demonstrate successful strategies to mediate and resolve conflicts.

Students will enhance their professionalism.

Professionalism is completing the responsibilities assigned, assuming additional responsibilities as able and needed, positively engaging in teamwork, and adhering to organizational policies, procedures, and culture.

Intended Outcomes
  • Students will articulate how the quality of their work impacts the success of achieving organizational goals.
  • Students will complete the tasks for which they are responsible by the deadline and with high quality.
  • Students will provide constructive feedback in appropriate contexts.

Students will enhance their ability to engage in teamwork and collaboration.

Teamwork is an effective group dynamic where high-functioning, professional, intentionally organized groups are engaged through well-defined roles allowing for equitable contributions towards a common purpose and goals.

Collaboration is the process of joint decision making across different organizations’ teams and committing to shared ownership of decisions and collective responsibility of outcomes.

Intended Outcomes
  • Students will articulate the difference between group work, teamwork, and collaboration.
  • Students will demonstrate behaviors that support the wellbeing and success of organization members and contribute to a constructive team climate.
  • Students will engage in and support the facilitation of dialogue and decision-making toward achieving goals.
  • Students will contribute to succession planning for their role and the team.
  • Students will seek out and engage in collaboration.

The Division of Student Affairs supports the development of other career competencies adopted by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) in other divisional learning goals, including critical thinking, inclusive communities, leadership development, and personal identity.

Opportunities for students to learn and develop their Career Readiness is primarily provided through registered clubs and organizations (opens in a new tab) and student employment opportunities (opens in a new tab).

Thank you to educators across the division who serve as Career Readiness Assessment Fellows. If you are interested, you can read more about the scholarship that informed the Career Readiness educational priority, learning goals, and learning and development outcomes.