|Essential to Becoming Career Ready is the development of eight Career Readiness Competencies that you might also think of as skills or behaviors. The one thing that all eight competencies share is that they are important to employers. Your experiences at UConn and beyond offer many opportunities to develop and enhance the competencies, including participation in classroom learning, internships, co-ops, research, on-campus involvement, work experience, or other on- or off-campus endeavors.
Why is Becoming Career Ready important?
How do I determine the Competencies I’m good at and those that I need to enhance?
Step 1: We encourage you to use the Am I Career Ready assessment in Focus2 to gauge your proficiency level of the eight NACE Career Readiness competencies. We recommend being honest in your self-assessment; you are not great at everything nor are you not good at anything. Really think of what you are good at, what comes easily to you and what is more challenging. The more honest you are with yourself, the more you’ll get out of this self-assessment.
Step 2: If you’re unsure about in which competencies you are the most or least proficient, ask people you are close to for their opinions and input: family members, friends, faculty, advisors, supervisors and other people in your life. Also know that the areas you anticipate improving are not deficiencies but skills that you haven’t yet had the chance to enhance; look at them as opportunities to explore, learn, and grow.
Step 3: After you have some ideas of where your skill-level falls with the NACE Competencies, look at the How do I become Career Ready section on the right side of this page to determine how to enhance the Career Readiness Competencies and Become Career Ready. You are not alone in this effort.
Do you have an example of a career-readiness competency that you have gained or enhanced? (Career & Self Development, Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork, Technology)
We would love to hear your story. Please complete the Competency Intake form.
Sharing your competency development inspires other students to think about where and how they can gain competencies within and beyond UConn, and can prepare you for future interview questions when employers ask for examples about skills you have developed.
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