Best Practices

  1. A group of interns work on a project.
    Aligning Internship Programming, Experiences With Competencies a Natural Step for Northwestern Mutual

    Northwestern Mutual shifting the focus of its internship program to development of career readiness competencies seemed like a natural progression since the company was already focusing on themes similar to those identified by NACE’s competencies.

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    Helping Faculty Understand the Impact of the NACE Career Readiness Competencies

    The NACE Career Readiness Competencies can be a valuable tool to help faculty members demonstrate to administrators, students, and parents that what they do creates long-term value for students.

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    AuthenTECH Leverages Staff to Help Advance Equitable Career Outcomes for Students

    Winner of NACE’s 2024 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Excellence Award for colleges, the Georgia Tech Career Center’s Georgia Tech’s AuthenTECH Partnership initiative leverages staff to provide population-specific resources, expand programming, and cultivate partnerships to advance equitable career outcomes.

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    The Fehribach Center at Eskenazi Health Promotes Positive Career Outcomes for Students With Disabilities

    Winner of the 2024 Chevron Innovation Award, the Gregory S. Fehribach Center at Eskenazi Health empowers Indiana college students with physical disabilities to achieve equitable employment following graduation.

  5. A faculty member speaking to college students after class.
    Collaborating With Faculty for Successful Student Outcomes, Institutional Effectiveness

    Faculty are a key source of career advice for students—with more than nine of out 10 saying students asked them for guidance in the past year, according to a new study conducted by NACE in collaboration with the American Association of Colleges & Universities and the Society for Experiential Education.

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    Yale OCS Online Career Tool Applies Design-Thinking Principles, Is Open to Anyone

    The Yale Office of Career Strategy enlisted the help of key partners to create an assessment tool that incorporates design-thinking principles and is available to everyone, not just Yale students and alums.

  7. Strategic Approaches to Integrating Career Readiness Competencies
    Strategic Approaches to Integrating Career Readiness Competencies

    Strategic Approaches to Integrating Career Readiness Competencies, developed by the NACE Career Integration Task Force, identifies strategies and practices for integrating career readiness skills and competencies institution-wide and examines how career readiness informs skills-based hiring. The publication also identifies further areas for research.

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    McPherson Links Campus Jobs to Career Readiness Competencies

    To make McPherson College students aware of the skills they are developing during their campus jobs, Amy Beckman incorporated career readiness competencies into student job descriptions and supervision.

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    UC San Diego Passport Program Helps Students Create Their Own Career and Life Roadmap

    The University of California, San Diego Career Center developed the Triton Career Readiness Passport to help students launch a personal career journey by answering a simple question: Why?

  10. An illustration of college graduates and young professionals navigating around large books, screens and diplomas.
    Engaging Faculty the Key Component to Success of Georgia State’s Career Readiness Initiative

    Getting faculty buy in, having liaisons in different departments, and having the faculty be program champions was the key to the success of Georgia State’s “College to Career” career readiness initiative.

  11. Kathleen Powell of William and Mary.
    W&M’s Professional Development Academy Expands to Create Foundations Course, Evolves Into Week-long Event

    While moving to a virtual world and with little experience using virtual tools, William & Mary career center staff connected students and alumni by creating the Professional Development Academy.

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    University of Redlands’ Career Faculty Fellows Program Embeds Career Into Curriculum

    The University of Redlands’ Career Faculty Fellows Program was launched in 2019 to help the institution scale career services and embed career preparedness more intentionally into the curriculum.

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    Working With Faculty: TakeAways From the Competency Symposium

    New to the repository is “Curated Resources for Teaching and Assessing Career Readiness Competencies,” a compendium developed through a grassroots effort by NACE members. Access this and other resources at .

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    NACE Members Share Their Recommended Reading for New Grads

    Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer, and for most schools, it marks the end of the busy graduation season. However, as this year’s seniors graduate, many NACE members were curious about how they could best share some final tips and advice as these grads transition from academia to the workforce.

  15. Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis is the winner of the 2023 NACE/Chevron Award for its First Generation Career Connection Night as part of its First Generation Student Success Campaign.
    IUPUI Campaign Supports, Empowers First-generation Students in Career Readiness

    Winner of the 2023 NACE/Chevron Award, the IUPUI First Generation Career Connection Night connects first-generation students to employers to build their social capital.

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    Starting a Campus-Wide Competency Development Program: Different Approaches, Common Ground

    NACE looks at how two universities brought career readiness competencies to their campus.

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    Facilitating Faculty Buy-In to Career Readiness

    Since the success of career readiness plays out in the classroom, faculty need to drive implementation of the career readiness competencies.

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    Career Readiness Is Integral to the Liberal Arts

    A cross-functional team led by faculty integrated career readiness into the College of Liberal Arts at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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    The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume

    The single biggest mistake I see service members make when creating resumes is that they dump everything they have ever done in the military into one document and use that document as a resume to apply for all types of jobs.

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    Faculty Are Our Allies in Teaching Career Preparation and Readiness Skills

    To understand faculty activity and attitudes about preparing students for post-degree employment, the authors surveyed faculty and found that are willing allies.

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    Fostering Faculty Champions for Student Career Readiness

    One way to address career preparation is by ingraining it into the curriculum with the help of faculty champions.