What is Becoming Career Ready?
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 assess your proficiency level of the eight NACE Career Readiness competencies. This is a resource where you can evaluate these competencies and 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: Now that you have thought about some of the questions from “Am I Career Ready” 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, they are 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 next section to determine how to enhance the Career Readiness Competencies and Become Career Ready. You are not alone in this effort.
NACE CAREER READINESS COMPETENCIES
How do I Become Career Ready?
Courses & Academic Pursuits