Career Readiness

Career Services is committed to assisting students to become career ready. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

Career Services has identified the following career competencies that our students should aspire to attain during their academic journey here at Campbell University.

Career Development: Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual can navigate and explore job options, understands, and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

Examples of Career Development include: job shadowing, attend a career fair, and conduct an informational interview

Communication: 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; can express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Examples of Communication include: presentations, group discussions, and career documents

Critical Thinking: Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual can obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness. Individual can identify and respond to need based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Examples of Critical Thinking include: research, analysis, case studies, and literature reviews

Equity & Inclusion: Demonstrates the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures, beliefs and identities.

Examples of Equity and Inclusion include: inclusive language, case-based learning, and accessible course materials

Leadership & Service: Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual can assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Examples of Leadership and Service include: group leadership, fraternity/sorority involvement, and peer tutoring

Professionalism: 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 can learn from his/her mistakes.

Examples of Professionalism: student club involvement, goal settings, and landing an internship

Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward commons goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities. The individual can work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Examples of Teamwork: peer reviews, group projects, and participation

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.

Examples of Technology: social media, Zoom, and research databases

Vocational & Personal Discernment: Develop an understanding of who you are called to be and works to serve others with these gifts.

Examples of Vocational and Personal Discernment: courageous conversations, Camels on Mission, and spiritual formation 

Interested in learning how competent you are in each competency? Use our Career Readiness Self-Assessment to learn your strengths and how you can improve your skill set.