Are you Career Ready? 

The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is committed to supporting students in their journey to become "career ready" and prepared for the world of work. Toward that end, USG has developed the following list of career readiness competencies which reflect the key skills employers seek today. These nine competencies are adapted from best practices and recommendations developed by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE). Students are encouraged to seek experiences both in and out of the classroom which will help to develop these competencies over time. The development of these "skill sets", in addition to completion of a college degree and participation in meaningful experiential learning experiences, will help students become prepared, competitive, and ready to thrive in the world of work.


Read our recent blog post on career readiness on the DiscoverUSG News Blog.

College to Career Ready:
9 Competencies for Success

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Skills Employers Seek

What skills do employers seek in job candidates? According to the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE), employers seek the skills below listed in order of importance.*

Attributes Employers Seek on a Candidate's Resume

Ability to work in a team 78.0%
Problem solving skills 77.3%
Communication skills (written) 75.0%
Strong work ethic 72.0%
Communication skills (verbal) 70.5%
Leadership 68.9%
Initiative 65.9%
Analytical/quantitative skills 64.4%
Flexibility/adaptability 63.6%
Detail-oriented 62.1%
Interpersonal skills (relates well to others) 58.3%
Technical skills 56.8%
Computer skills 49.2%
Organizational ability 47.7%
Strategic planning skills 37.9%
Friendly/outgoing personality 25.8%
Tactfulness 25.8%
Creativity 21.2%
Entrepreneurial skills/risk-taker 19.7%
Fluency in a foreign language 4.5%
*Source: Job Outlook 2017, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Career Readiness Resources for Students & Faculty

Developing Your Competencies:
Recommended Activities For Students
Students are encouraged to look for our career competency event identifiers (included in all CISC event descriptions) as a means of identifying activities which will help develop proficiency in specific career competency areas.  In addition to our Career Center events, students can participate in a wide variety of activities both on- and off-campus to develop career competencies.  A list of examples is provided below:

Activities to Help Develop Career Competencies

1.  Participation in Workshops
2. Virtual Training Sessions/Online Learning
3. Leadership Roles
4. Internships and Co-ops
5. Study Abroad Experiences
6. Participating in Student Clubs/Organizations
7. Giving a Speech
8. Working on a Team Project
9. Research Experiences
10. Networking
11.  Writing a Proposal, Report, or Dissertation
12. Job Shadowing


Career Competency Event & Activity Identifiers
CP = Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
CO = Oral & Written Communication
DT = Digital Technology
TC = Teamwork & Collaboration 
LE = Leadership
EI = Equity & Inclusion
CD = Career Development
PW = Personal Well-being
PE = Professionalism & Work Ethic