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Are you Career Ready?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified eight key career competencies that are key to ensuring a successful transition into the workforce and lifelong career management. Take a moment to review each competency to reflect on how you have acquired each one or where you need to build upon.  Review examples of behaviors for each competency to gain ideas on how you can be career ready!

Career Readiness Competencies

See how you can demonstrate and build each competency through your academic coursework, internship experience, research, volunteer work, and student involvement.

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Career & Self-Development:

Continuously seek opportunities to develop your career through personal and professional learning, be aware of your strengths and weaknesses, navigate career opportunities, and network to build relationships.



Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with peers, mentors and professionals inside and outside of UIC.

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Critical Thinking:

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

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Equity & Inclusion:

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from diverse local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

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Recognize and leverage personal and team strengths to achieve optimal performance.



Recognize that work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.



Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

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Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

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Examples of how you can develop and demonstrate each career competency.

Descriptions and icons adapted from NACE Career Readiness Competencies, 2021

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