Getting career ready for the new school year

The 2020-21 academic year will provide you the opportunity to reflect on the goals you want to accomplish.

As the fall semester approaches, have you thought about how you will develop the competencies employers are expecting from you? This is known as career readiness.  

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The National Association for Colleges & Employers (NACE) says, “Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.”

There are many ways that you can become career ready as you begin your new semester.

First, consider the classes you are taking in fall. Classes have learning objectives, meaning that professors have expectations about the competencies you will have developed as a result of engaging in the course and materials.  

The best way to know what those are is by looking at the class syllabus. For example, if your course requires a group work assignment, you will be developing a collaboration and teamwork competency.

Another way you can work on developing the competencies that employers seek is by taking LinkedIn Learning professional development courses, which are free with your FIU credentials. These courses range from improving your communication skills to learning JavaScript.

By engaging in co-curricular experiences, such as student organizations and leadership positions, you are developing several competencies employers want.

According to the 2020 NACE Job Outlook report, when employers are trying to choose between two qualified candidates for a position, they tend to choose the candidate who has experience, especially those with completed internships.  

It’s important to speak with your academic advisor and Career & Talent Development’s career coaches about how you can further develop the competencies employers are seeking from recent graduates. They can help you reflect on your career goals, brainstorm ways you can get experience and support you along your career journey. 

Thinking about how you can get career ready now will give you confidence, valued strengths and appropriate experiences that make you a competitive candidate.  

The College of Arts, Sciences & Education and FIU is committed to helping students succeed. For specific questions, email