NACE CAREER READINESS COMPETENCIES – KEY
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has defined career readiness as the “attainment and demonstration of requisite
competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.” This definition was comprised by experts in
both the fields of higher education and corporate workplaces.
The following will list the descriptions of each number that will correspond to the competencies you will be able to focus on in career center programming and internships.
① Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The
individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and
may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
② Oral/Written Communications
Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside
and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas
to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and
Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures,
races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a
team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.
④ Digital Technology
Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks,
and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging
Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach
and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of
others; use of empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate
⑥ Professionalism/Work Ethic
Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working
productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of nonverbal
communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and
ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able
to learn from his/her mistakes.
⑦ Career Management
Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position
desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is
able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to
pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
⑧ Global/Intercultural Fluency
Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and
religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to
interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.