Getting career ready for the new school year

Career wheel

The 2021-22 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.  

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.”

Below are a few ways that you can become career ready as you begin your new semester:

  • Courses: Consider the classes you are taking in the fall and take a look at syllabi to see what learning objectives will be covered. For example, through the material and your participation in class and group projects, you develop teamwork competencies.
  • LinkedIn Learning: 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.
  • Co-curricular experiences: By engaging in co-curricular experiences, such as student organizations and leadership positions, you are developing several competencies employers want.
  • Micro-credentials: Maximize the micro-credentials offered to you by FIU that help prepare learners with the 21st Century Critical Competencies. Earning micro-credentials can signal you can demonstrate in-demand skills such as artificial intelligence, thinking and communicating with data and understanding emotional intelligence.
  • Internships: 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 the experience, especially those with completed internships. Start researching what internships are available through Handshake or explore open micro-internships.

It’s important to speak with your academic advisor and Career & Talent Development’s career advisors 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.  

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