NACE Competencies

Appalachian State provides each student with valuable employment opportunities to gain career readiness skills that will serve them for many years after they leave Appalachian. This year we have worked to align student employee job descriptions and evaluations with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies. This is our new standard for student employment excellence.

NACE defines career readiness as the attainment and demonstration of competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. Our goal is to develop a common language and expectation that each student job at Appalachian will incorporate these competencies allowing students to identify these skills they are obtaining during their times of employment on campus.

Do you want to learn specific examples of how you can demonstrate each competency? See more information here and then evaluate yourself.

The professional development opportunities through employment our students obtain are:

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.

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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 writeledit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

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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.

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

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