Career Services

Career Readiness through Student Employment

The Career Ready Guide and GuideBook*

Learn more about the NACE competencies and how to develop and articulate these important skills. The Career Ready Guide is a self-paced online course with eight interactive chapters.

Along the way, the accompanying GuideBook will lead you through self-reflection and goal-setting activities. Download the interactive document in the introduction chapter of the Career Ready Guide and submit your completed GuideBook when you are done.

Work with your supervisor to gain access to this resource, develop goals, and set a timeline for completion.

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Career Ready Guide


*These career ready tools are available to all student employees through your supervisors. If you want to participate but are not employed on campus, please contact Katie Swainston.

NACE Competencies

Employers are looking more and more at transferable skills when hiring, specifically the 8 competencies below as defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Your on-campus job is the perfect place to gain valuable experience and develop these competencies.

Oral & Written Communication

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 effectively.


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.


Teamwork & Collaboration

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The inidvidual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.



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 empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize and delegate work.


Digital Technology

Leverage exisiting digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.


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 non-verbal 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. 


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 purse opportunities, and understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace. 


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.


Katie Swainston
Student Employment Coordinator