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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


  • Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information. 
  • Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization. 
  • Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities. 
  • Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. 

  • Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals. 
  • Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace. 


Career and Self Development
  • Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization. 
Equity & Inclusion
  • Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.