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

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.



Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.


Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.



Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.



Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.



Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.



Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


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. 


Equity & Inclusion

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.