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Are You Career Ready?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers, through a task force of college career services and HR/staffing professionals, has developed a definition, based on extensive research among employers, and identified eight competencies associated with career readiness.

How can you expand or enhance these skills at Pitt-Greensburg? Explore the competencies below to learn how your Pitt-Greensburg experience can help make you more career ready both inside and outside the classroom!

Sample Behaviors

  • Show an awareness of own strengths and areas for development.
  • Identify areas for continual growth while pursuing and applying feedback.
  • Develop plans and goals for one’s future career.
  • Professionally advocate for oneself and others.
  • Display curiosity; seek out opportunities to learn.
  • Assume duties or positions that will help one progress professionally.
  • Establish, maintain, and/or leverage relationships with people who can help one professionally.
  • Seek and embrace development opportunities.
  • Voluntarily participate in further education, training, or other events to support one’s career.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Take an interest inventory or career-related assessment to determine how interests can translate into career options
  • Shadow or do an informational interview
  • Gain experience in your major (e.g., internship, volunteer work, research, student teaching, part-time job)

Sample Behaviors

  • Understand the importance of and demonstrate verbal, written, and non-verbal/body language, abilities.
  • Employ active listening, persuasion, and influencing skills.
  • Communicate in a clear and organized manner so that others can effectively understand.
  • Frame communication with respect to diversity of learning styles, varied individual communication abilities, and cultural differences.
  • Ask appropriate questions for specific information from supervisors, specialists, and others.
  • Promptly inform relevant others when needing guidance with assigned tasks.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Public Speaking Class
  • Capstone (Written Component & Presentation)
  • Comp and Business Writing (English-related) classes
  • Completing an internship or experiential learning opportunity to enhance your professional skills and gain practical experience in your field of study
  • Clubs/Organizations: The Insider, Pendulum, Creative Writing Club, Lambda Pi Eta

Sample Behaviors

  • Make decisions and solve problems using sound, inclusive reasoning and judgment.
  • Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources and individuals to fully understand a problem.
  • Proactively anticipate needs and prioritize action steps.
  • Accurately summarize and interpret data with an awareness of personal biases that may impact outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate actions and rationale, recognizing the diverse perspectives and lived experiences of stakeholders.
  • Multi-task well in a fast-paced environment.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Research/Capstone Projects
  • Volunteer or Intern with the Center for Applied Research
  • Decision Making with Excel
  • Ethics/Philosophy Classes
  • Laboratories

Sample Behaviors

  • Solicit and use feedback from multiple cultural perspectives to make inclusive and equity-minded decisions.
  • Actively contribute to inclusive and equitable practices that influence individual and systemic change.
  • Advocate for inclusion, equitable practices, justice, and empowerment for historically marginalized communities.
  • Seek global cross-cultural interactions and experiences that enhance one’s understanding of people from different demographic groups and that leads to personal growth.
  • Keep an open mind to diverse ideas and new ways of thinking.
  • Identify resources and eliminate barriers resulting from individual and systemic racism, inequities, and biases.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by adapting to diverse environments.
  • Address systems of privilege that limit opportunities for members of historically marginalized communities.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Allies Training
  • Study Abroad
  • International Student Mentor
  • Greensburg Experience More (GEM)
  • Foreign Language Class
  • Clubs/Organizations: Diversity Student Coalition, Gender & Sexuality Club, Spanish Club, Christian Fellowship, Active Minds

Sample Behaviors

  • Inspire, persuade, and motivate self and others under a shared vision.
  • Seek out and leverage diverse resources and feedback from others to inform direction.
  • Use innovative thinking to go beyond traditional methods.
  • Serve as a role model to others by approaching tasks with confidence and a positive attitude.
  • Motivate and inspire others by encouraging them and by building mutual trust.
  • Plan, initiate, manage, complete and evaluate projects.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Greensburg Experience More (GEM) program
  • Emerging Leaders
  • ROTC
  • Military Science Courses
  • Leadership/Officer Role in a Student Organization
  • Leadership Conference - Fall Semester
  • Commuter Mentor
  • Community Assistant
  • Athletics/Intramurals
  • Student Government Association

Sample Behaviors

  • Act equitably with integrity and accountability to self, others, and the organization.
  • Maintain a positive personal brand in alignment with organization and personal career values.
  • Be present and prepared.
  • Demonstrate dependability (e.g., report consistently for work or meetings).
  • Prioritize and complete tasks to accomplish organizational goals.
  • Consistently meet or exceed goals and expectations.
  • Have an attention to detail, resulting in few if any errors in their work.
  • Show a high level of dedication toward doing a good job.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Professional Impressions career event
  • Complete a mock interview
  • Research/Teaching Assistant
  • Volunteer CFAR
  • ROTC
  • Complete an internship, volunteer experience, or employment opportunity adhering to the company or organization guidelines.

Sample Behaviors

  • Listen carefully to others, taking time to understand and ask appropriate questions without interrupting.
  • Effectively manage conflict, interact with and respect diverse personalities, and meet ambiguity with resilience.
  • Be accountable for individual and team responsibilities and deliverables.
  • Employ personal strengths, knowledge, and talents to complement those of others.
  • Exercise the ability to compromise and be agile.
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals.
  • Build strong, positive working relationships with supervisor and team members/coworkers.

Becoming Career-Ready at Pitt-Greensburg

  • Sports or Intramural Opportunities
  • Class Group Projects
  • Active Roles in Student Organizations
  • Capstone (collaborative project)
  • Theater
  • Laboratories

Sample Behaviors

  • Navigate change and be open to learning new technologies.
  • Use technology to improve efficiency and productivity of their work.
  • Identify appropriate technology for completing specific tasks.
  • Manage technology to integrate information to support relevant, effective, and timely decision-making.
  • Quickly adapt to new or unfamiliar technologies.
  • Manipulate information, construct ideas, and use technology to achieve strategic goals.

Sample Behaviors

  • Digital Studies course
  • IT-related course
  • Internships such as Video Production or Sports Information
  • Club Leadership/Involvement: Digital Advertising

Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers.