Boosting your career readiness during COVID-19

It is easy to be consumed by constant alerts about the spread of COVID-19.

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One way to use this time productively is to focus on how to boost career readiness. Career readiness is “the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace” according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Some of the competencies that employers are seeking include oral/written communication, leadership, global/intercultural fluency and digital technology. Students can develop these competencies through courses or through engaging in student organizations, interning, volunteering and working. Every course syllabi has learning objectives and key words that signal the skills above.

Here are some virtual resources to enhance career readiness skills:

LinkedIn Learning: is a great tool to attain professional development. With your FIU credentials, you have access to thousands of free courses ranging from communication, coding, project management and much more! Some of these courses also offer certificates that can be added to your LinkedIn profile. Here are some courses available:

Handshake: FIU’s job search platform helps students find various jobs and internships. Students can also schedule appointments with Career & Talent Development’s career advisors to review their resumes, have a mock interview or explore graduate school options. There are also many beneficial virtual events on Handshake like webinars to help students improve their resume/cover letter writing, salary negotiation, etc. Similar to other career platforms, students have the opportunity to network with other students across the nation via Handshake and read reviews on employers. Get a tutorial on using Handshake here.

Parker Dewey Micro-Internships: Career & Talent Development has partnered with Parker Dewey to announce a new opportunity for students to take part in short-term, professional, paid work experiences through Micro-Internships. Micro-Internships allow students to demonstrate their skills, explore career paths and develop their professional networks. Unlike a traditional internship, these paid opportunities typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and many can be completed remotely. Not only does this help the companies, but it allows students to get immediate support and enhance their professional experience.

The College of Arts, Sciences & Education and the university is committed to helping students continue to succeed. For specific questions, email casecareer@fiu.edu.