The career readiness of college graduates is an important issue in higher education, in the labor market, and in the public arena. The National Association of Colleges and Employers developed a definition, based on research among employers, identifying seven competencies associated with career readiness.
Gauge your professional expertise in key areas. Develop meaningful professional development plans for yourself and your staff. Build job descriptions around critical skills and attributes. Developed by a task force of career services professionals for career services professionals, the competencies will help you gauge and assess the career services staff at your institution.
NACE’s “Professional Competencies for College and University Career Services Practitioners” provide a comprehensive list of what practitioners should be able to know and do at progressive functional proficiency levels, says Sam Ratcliffe, director, career services, at Virginia Military Institute.
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