Career Services



Developing Career Ready Student Employees

On-campus student employment is a high-impact experience that can enhance overall career readiness through helping students develop transferable skills and gain valuable work experience. The resources below are based on the 8 NACE competencies and designed to support hands-on learning experiences within student employment.

Request access to Career Ready Guide and SkillSurvey

LEARN: Career Ready Guide & GuideBook

The Career Ready Guide is a self-paced online course that focuses on the NACE career readiness competencies. This course includes 8 interactive chapters and a reflective guidebook that help students understand, assess, develop, and articulate these competencies.

The accompanying GuideBook leads students through self-reflection and goal-setting activities. This interactive document can be downloaded in the introduction chapter of the course. Students should save their progress and submit a copy of their completed GuideBook when they have finished the course.

The Career Ready Guide takes approximately 5 hours to complete. Supervisors and student employees should work together to develop goals and a timeline for completion.

Career Ready Guide Information for Students

Career Ready Guide

EVALUATE: SkillSurvey

SkillSurvey is an evaluation tool based on the NACE competencies. Supervisors and student employees each assess the student’s work-related behaviors in a survey that takes less than 10 minutes to complete (on average). 

The supervisor and student receive a personalized report that provides an overall picture of the student’s career readiness. The career ready report allows students to compare their self-evaluations to their supervisor’s ratings, national averages, and employer expectations to help them identify areas for growth.

SkillSurvey can be used in place of or as a supplement to your regular student employee evaluation. 

Sample Career Readiness Report

GROW: Competencies in Action


NACE Competencies

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conducted research to determine the skills employers value most. The 8 competencies below emerged in their findings. These skills are considered to be essential in preparing college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

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 individual 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 existing 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