CAREER READINESS for the New College Graduate*

Career Readiness:  Check out the following competencies, how would you rate yourself?  Being prepared for a successful transition into the workplace gives you the edge and the advantage to knock your interview out of the park and get that offer that you have worked so hard to attain!

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: The ability to exercise sound reasoning, analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems; originality and inventiveness are encouraged
  • Oral/Written Communications: The ability to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. Public speaking skills with the ability to express ideas to others; write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively
  • Teamwork/Collaboration: Build collaborative relationships with coworkers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints; be able to work within a team structure, negotiate and manage conflict
  • Digital Technology: Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals; be prepared to demonstrate effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies
  • Leadership: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and help others; is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic: Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, these include: punctuality, working productively with others, time/workload management; understand the impact of non-verbal communication on your professional work image; be prepared to demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, act responsibly with the interests of the larger group in mind with the ability to learn from mistakes
  • Career Management: Identify and articulate your skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, identify areas necessary for professional growth, be able to navigate and explore job options, understand and take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understand 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; be prepared to be  open and  inclusive, sensitive, with the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences

Need assistance to strengthen the COMPETENCIES outlined here and/or build the ones you have ? We are here to help with all your Career Development needs! Email or call to speak to a career coach:

*The information contained in this blog comes to your from National Association of Colleges and Employers




By Marguerite Busetti
Marguerite Busetti Associate Director of Career and Professional Development, Dobbs Ferry Campus Marguerite Busetti