Professional and Career Readiness Competencies

The professional and career readiness of college graduates is an important issue in higher education, in the labor market and in the public arena. Yet, up until now, “professional and career readiness” has been undefined, making it difficult for leaders in higher education, workforce development and public policy to work together effectively to ensure the career readiness of today's graduates. Professional and Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduate for a successful transition into the workplace. 

Over the past year, Stetson University adapted the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Competencies to fit our unique student culture. The following Professional and Career Readiness Competencies evolved through several focus groups with students, faculty, staff and employers. Stetson University seeks to equip our graduates with knowledge, skills, abilities and behaviors in each of these areas:

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Ability to recognize and define a question or issue, integrate and analyze relevant data and resources, and engage in creating and implementing innovative ideas to achieve the most effective conclusion or resolution.

Professionalism and Productivity

Demonstrate authentic professional presence through setting and accomplishing goals and producing high-quality results while responsibly keeping interests of the larger community in mind. Exhibit integrity, accountability, resilience, adaptability, good judgment, humility and drive.

Teamwork and Collaboration

Build and maintain collaborative relationships using individual strengths, shared responsibility, conflict management and respect to achieve a common goal.


Formulate and express ideas, evidence, and one’s story using appropriate oral, written, digital, and non-verbal communication skills (to instruct, inform, entertain, and persuade) as well as listening to gain understanding through a variety of mediums.

Digital Literacy

Leverage existing technologies to ethically and legally solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals. Demonstrate effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies within one’s field.


Influence and empower others toward a common goal through awareness of one’s actions, abilities and beliefs; understanding and respecting others; strategic thinking; and decision making.

Career Navigation

Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience relevant to career goals and desired positions and identify areas necessary for professional growth. Navigate and explore job options or graduate/professional school programs, understand the steps necessary to pursue opportunities and understand how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace. Build a network of contacts and mentors to guide career growth and create possible future chances.

Global and Intercultural Engagement

Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people while understanding individual differences. Comprehend how one’s actions affect both local and global communities. Build meaningful connections and interrelationships in order to address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.