Understanding Core Career Competencies
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified eight key career competencies that broadly prepare you for a successful transition into the workplace. Each competency was adapted and enhanced to also highlight strengths of your education at UIC and the value and exposure of our urban Chicago setting. Take a moment to review each UIC Career Competency Icon below and consider what each description means to you and put it into your own words. Try to make your own connections and consider any experiences that come to mind through your academic studies, professional experiences, and student involvement. At the bottom of the page, is a downloadable worksheet to take a deeper dive in your reflection and assessment of your competencies so you can think of strategies to strengthen them further!
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, solve problems; gather, interpret, and use data or facts to demonstrate ideas and innovative solutions.
Oral and Written Communication
Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to an array of audiences in order to inform, persuade, or entertain.
Teamwork and Collaboration
Build collaborative relationships with co-workers and clients representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints; the ability to work well in a team.
Select and use appropriate technology to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals; demonstrate adaptability to new technologies.
Organize, prioritize, motivate, and delegate work by utilizing the strengths of others to achieve common goals; use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
Professionalism and Work Ethic
Demonstrate accountability, integrity, effective work habits, and ethical behavior; the ability to understand the importance of a professional work image.
Identify and articulate one’s skills, knowledge, strengths, and experiences relevant to career goals; explore opportunities for professional growth and self-advocate in workplace.
Urban and Global Fluency
Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions to communicate effectively and strengthen collaborative relationships.
Descriptions adapted from NACE Career Readiness Competencies, 2018
Are You Career Ready? Take the Career Competency Challenge!
Now that you are familiar with the eight core career competencies, take the next step by filling out our LAS Are You Career Ready Awareness Reflection Worksheet. Assess how strong you are in each competency and gather ideas and strategies to develop each competency further in your major, professional experiences (internships, research, student employment) and campus involvement!