Career Competencies

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines career readiness as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. The Career Success Story model incorporates these competencies as a foundation to create programming for students, employers, and faculty/staff.

Problem Solving

Analyze issues, think critically, make decisions, and overcome challenges. Obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts and, data to make decisions.


Articulate thoughts and ideas effectively and efficiently, using verbal, non-verbal, digital, and written methods.


Build collaborative relationships by valuing others and taking responsibility for your role within a team.

Technology Application

Select and use appropriate technology to solve problems and accomplish goals.


Use interpersonal skills to coach, motivate, and develop others, recognizing their strengths to achieve common goals/shared vision.


Demonstrate responsible work habits (i.e. punctuality, accountability, workload management) while displaying integrity and ethical behavior (i.e. acknowledge and learn from mistakes).

Self Awareness

Understand one’s skills, strengths, experiences, and areas for improvement in order to explore career options, take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understand how to advocate for personal and professional success.

Global & Intercultural Awareness

Value, respect, and learn from a variety of identities, characteristics, and experiences (that include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, citizenship, national origin, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, socioeconomic status, special abilities, political and social philosophy, and religion) by demonstrating inclusiveness and sensitivity.

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