How to Achieve Career Readiness at UNO
by Alyssa Wiese, Peer Advisor
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), career readiness is defined as “the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.” Being adequately prepared for your career sounds awesome, but what does that mean for you, and how do you achieve career readiness at UNO?
Career Readiness is broken into eight competencies: critical thinking and problem solving, oral and written communications, teamwork and collaboration, digital technology, leadership, professionalism and work ethic, career management, and global and intercultural fluency. These are the eight areas that employers deem important for college graduates to be proficient, and the statistics show that in most of these areas, college graduates are lacking. In fact, according to NACE’s study of 2017 college graduates and employers, only 33% of employers surveyed believed that graduates are proficient in leadership skills, and only 17.3% believed graduates are effectively managing their career.
UNO offers many student-focused opportunities to help students achieve career readiness. There are almost 200 student organization that cover a variety of interests, including academic, philanthropic, athletic, social, and more! If students can’t find an organization that interests them, they can also start their own! All you need is a faculty advisor and one more student to start an organization at UNO. Starting or joining a student organization at UNO is an awesome résumé builder and can help you develop critical career readiness skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication.
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center is hosting a Curious People speaker series at UNO, which highlights experts in many different fields covering topics like homegrown terrorism, diversity on campus, and brain infections. Students can gain many different perspectives from these speaker series, which can contribute to intercultural fluency.
Students can boost their teamwork and leadership skills through various workshops hosted on campus. ACDC offers various professional-based workshops throughout the year. The Collaborative, housed in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, offers many volunteer opportunities for all students and faculty in a number of different focus areas: educational support, economic sufficiency, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, international service, and social justice.
Taking part in these many opportunities at UNO can help you to become more prepared as a future graduate. These eight career readiness competencies are key to becoming a successful competent professional in both your current position and in your future career.