How to boost your career readiness skills

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As Spring semester winds down, it’s a good time to reflect about the skills developed over the course of the semester and how to can continue to cultivate them during the Summer term.

One way to use this time productively is to focus on how to boost career readiness. 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.”

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 paths to enhance career readiness skills:

LinkedIn Learning: 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 FIU’s Career & Talent Development’s career advisors to review their resumes, have a mock interview or explore graduate school options. There are also virtual events on Handshake like webinars to help students improve 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.

Co-Curricular Activities: Engaging in co-curricular activities like student organizations, part/full-time work, research labs, volunteer work, or international experiences allows for students to strengthen their competencies outside of the classroom. It also exposes students to environments where they can collaborate with peers, mentors, and supervisors. Curious about how to get involved on campus? Check out the Center for Student Engagement. They offer individual meetings with students to help them explore their engagement opportunities. Click here to request a meeting.

Micro-Credentials: Have you wanted to gain credentials towards a skillset? FIU’s Office of Micro-Credentials has developed various micro-credentials to help students prepare for the 21st century world of work. Take advantage of these opportunities that can provide you with a competitive edge for your career goals. Some student offerings include:

  • Thinking and Communicating with Data
  • Understanding Emotional Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence: How it Works and its Impact

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