Career Readiness Competencies

Appalachian State provides valuable employment opportunities for students to gain career readiness skills that will serve them for many years after they leave Appalachian. Each campus job description for student employee positions should identify the Career Readiness Competencies that job includes. The Career Readiness Competencies are recognized by our professional association, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), as a standard for student employment excellence.

Career readiness is a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management. Our goal is to develop a common language and expectation that each student job at Appalachian will incorporate these competencies allowing students to identify these skills they are obtaining during their times of employment on campus.

Do you want to learn specific examples of how you can demonstrate each competency? See more information here and then evaluate yourself.

The professional development opportunities through employment our students obtain are:

Career & Self-Development

Career & Self Development

Proactively develop oneself and one's career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one's organization.

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Communication

Communication

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

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Critical Thinking

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

Equity & Inclusion

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

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Leadership

Leadership

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

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Professionalism

Professionalism

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

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Teamwork

Teamwork

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

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Technology

Technology

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

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