Career competencies are the skills employers rate as the necessary foundation for a successful career. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), through a task force of national employers and career services professionals, identified eight competencies associated with career readiness.
- CAREER & 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.
- COMMUNICATION Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.
- CRITICAL THINKING Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.
- 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.
- LEADERSHIP Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.
- PROFESSIONALISM Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.
- TEAMWORK Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.
- TECHNOLOGY Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.
Career Services is here to ensure our students understand the competencies and provide the resources to develop these throughout their education at ACC. Request access to join Career Ready 101, a Blackboard extension with learning modules to help you understand and integrate the core competencies. Career Ready 101 is designed as a supplement to your education and allows you to learn on your own time. Schedule an appointment with a Career & Transfer Specialist for one-on-one career coaching on developing your career plan. Watch the Career Ready 101 video preview and request access below.
Career Ready 101 Access Request
Recommended Action! Connect with Student Life and enroll in all workshops for their Leadership Development Workshop series. This series of workshops focuses on developing your Career Ready competencies in an interactive and engaging format. Find out more at the Student Life events page.
A career plan lists short- and long-term career goals and the actions you can take to achieve them. You’ve already completed the first part of your planning by starting your degree at ACC! Career plans help you make decisions about your future career and identify the extracurricular activities, research, and internships that will make you a strong job candidate.
Why Career Planning is Necessary
In today's rapidly changing world, new career paths are constantly unfolding, traditional ones are being changed, and shifts are taking place in occupation skills and educational requirements. Career Planning will help you identify early in your education any gaps in skill attainment and help you learn how to articulate these critical skills to employers. Get involved in activities to expand your skills and build your career competencies now. When you graduate, you'll be better prepared to land your dream job.
Career Planning Checklist
- 0-15 Hours
- Explore career options at www.austincc.edu/explore
- Take self-assessments to determine your strengths and abilities. These tests will give you direction for careers to explore or help you confirm you selected the right major.
• FOCUS-2 Assessment
• Career Coach Assessment
- Start learning about the skills and competencies needed for career success.
- Connect your assignments to your career.
- Activate your CareerLink Account and complete your profile
- Join on-campus student organizations (Check with Student Life for a list of organizations)
- Attend a career exploration event and participate in other virtual networking activities.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career & Transfer Specialist to start your career plan
- 16-30 Hours
- If you are considering changing majors or are still undecided about your major, schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor for in-depth assessment and guidance
- Gather information on salary and regional labor market research through Career Coach
- Explore the job market to learn about trends that affect your field
- Consider career-related volunteer opportunities to develop your skills and experience
- Search job and internship postings through your ACC CareerLink Account and research the skills needed for each position
- Created a LinkedIn profile and learn how to optimize your career opportunities (LinkedIn for College Students)
- Develop strong relationships with faculty in your department—they can be critical to your success
- Attend a job fair or networking event and conduct an informational interview with an employer hiring in your field.
- Familiarize yourself with the career services website—a good source of tips and articles to help with your career development and job search
- 31-45 Hours
- Review the skills (competencies) employers want and plan for how you will acquire these skills before graduation
- Join organizations that offer you a chance at leadership roles
- Attend local association meetings to meet potential employers
- Use online social networks (follow your favorite employers on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, others). You can learn about trends and meet people in your field.
- Meet with a Career & Transfer Specialist to prepare your resume and find an internship or other experiential learning opportunity in your field of interest
- Complete your CareerLink profile and upload your resume, update your LinkedIn profile
- Practice your interview skills with Big Interview
- Check with your instructors to find out if there is an internship tied to any of your current or next semester courses
- 45+ Hours
- Assess your skills development and stay current with the technology used in your field
- Review and update your LinkedIn profile
- Google yourself! Check your social media presence and clean up inappropriate or outdated posts
- Update your resume and have Career Services optimize your resume for your job search
- Identify strong references from your professors who know your scholarly abilities
- Identify strong references from supervisors who know your real-world experience and work skills
- Attend networking events and job fairs to see what types of organizations are hiring and which positions are offered
- Develop your job search strategy
- Utilize Big Interview to master your interviewing skills
- Report job offers and acceptances to Career Services or use the "I Got a Job" reporting feature in CareerLink
- Enroll in Strategies for Today’s Jobs