NACE Career Competencies

To get ready for confident career decisions, it is helpful to know what employers across all industries want from candidates, no matter your academic major. They are not concerned with how or where you have gained the skills, but more interested in knowing that you can demonstrate how you have effectively used these skills in any of your experiences. Learn about this knowledge and these abilities from the list below.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

  • Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.
  • Obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process.
  • May demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Oral/Written Communications
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  • Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms, to persons inside and outside of the organization.
  • Ability to clearly express ideas to others.
  • Can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
Teamwork/Collaboration
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  • Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  • Ability to work within a team structure.
  • Negotiate and manage conflict.
Digital Technology
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  • Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

  • Demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Leadership
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  • Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals.
  • Use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others.
  • Ability 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
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  • Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image.
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior.
  • Acts responsibly, with the interests of the larger community in mind.
  • Able to learn from his/her mistakes.
Career Management
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  • Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals
  • Identify areas necessary for professional growth
  • Ability to navigate and explore job options, understand and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities
  • Understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace
Global/Intercultural Fluency
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  • Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions
  • Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences