We Are Career Ready

Career Readiness Wheel

Learn about the career competencies in this short video: 

Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of competencies that broadly prepare college students for a successful transition to destinations after graduation. These can include broader areas such as leadership or global/intercultural fluency, but can also encompass what we and many employers refer to as transferable skills, such as the ability to work in a team.

All competencies can be developed over time through a variety of experiences (community engagement, internships, student organizations, coursework) and apply to all career fields and community/civic/global engagements.

Based on competencies developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), UWRF Career Services is committed to helping students develop/enhance the following competencies:

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Use the worksheets below to reflect on the competencies you've developed through internships, volunteering, courses, research, activities, and other projects.

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UWRF students can access thousands of online courses and training videos on a variety of topics with the campus LinkedIn Learning subscription.

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What's Your Plan?

To get started building your career success roadmap, reflect on the questions provided and then schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor in Career Services. A career plan addresses your academic, career and personal/social development to help you reach your professional career goals. 

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