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Get career ready! 

Employers are looking for students who are career ready! That means they are looking for certain skills or "competencies" in new college graduates they hire. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has developed a definition of career readiness and identified eight career readiness competencies:

Critical Thinking / Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Oral / Written Communications

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Teamwork / Collaboration

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Digital Technology
Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual 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, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Global / Intercultural Fluency
Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Career Readiness Guide

Career Readiness Guide (PDF)

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to view the online PDF version.

Student Success Roadmap

 Student Success Roadmap

The Student Success Roadmap provides a year-by-year plan to follow while at Mason in order to achieve career success after graduation.

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Student Success Roadmap (accessible version)

Get career ready online!

Learn more about how you can develop the eight career readiness competencies employers are looking for by watching videos on each competency on Lynda.com.
How to access Lynda.com
  1. Visit Lynda.com.
  2. Select "Sign in" in the upper right corner.
  3. Select "Sign in with your organization" and enter "Lynda.gmu.edu."
  4. Enter your Mason Net ID and password.