Learn Valuable Skills

Career readiness skills are essential for college students and graduates to learn for a successful transition into the workplace. These skills are developed through academics, research, extra-curricular activities, volunteering, internships, and much more! The first four skills are essential for most employers. Start with your strengths and using the list below, learn additional skills based on the industry you want to pursue.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions and overcome problems. The individual can obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Teamwork & Collaboration

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual can work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Professionalism & Work Ethic

Demonstrate personal accountability and productive work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind and can learn from his/her mistakes.

Oral/Written Communication

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; can express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual can assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Digital Technology

Leverage existing technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability new and emerging technologies.

Career Management

Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual can navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Global/Intercultural Fluency

Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers