Career Readiness Badging Program

The 8 Essential Skills

The National Association of Colleges and Employers worked with college faculty and staff, human resources professionals working in organizations that hire recent college graduates, and other key stakeholders to identify the eight essential skills (or Career Readiness Competencies) needed to be successful when entering the workforce.

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Career Management

You identify and discuss your skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to your career goals.

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Communications

You speak or present in public settings, express ideas to others, and write and edit clearly and effectively.

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Critical Thinking

You demonstrate originality and inventiveness to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.

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Global Citizenship

You demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity, and interact respectfully with all people.

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Leadership

You leverage the strengths of others to achieve goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop them.

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Professionalism

You are accountable and act responsibly, and are punctual, work productively, and manage your time.

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Teamwork

You work within a team structure, negotiate and manage conflict, and build collaborative relationships.

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Technology

You adapt to new technologies, and leverage them to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

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Last Updated: 2017 08 17