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NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Further information about the NACE Career Readiness & Competencies can be found on their website:

Professionalism/Work Ethic:

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly, and is able to learn from personal mistakes.

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.

Oral/Written Communication:

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual is able to express ideas to others and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

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 can navigate and pursue job options and self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
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Digital Technology:

Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and effectively to accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adapt­ability to new and emerging technologies.

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.


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.