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Are You Career Ready?

05/08/2013 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Transition to College, Special Topics

You graduated from high school.  Now you are graduating from college and are seeking employment.  Here is a question, however, that employers are asking . . . are you truly “career ready”?  After working hard in high school in order to get into college, and then spending time and energy (not to mention cash!) on your college degree, one would hope so!  Employers, however, are beginning to question just how prepared our country’s current workforce is to regain a competitive edge in our rapidly changing global economy.

So what does it really mean to be “career ready”?  “College readiness” is only part of the equation.  A strategy is needed to bridge the gap between education and workforce preparation.  Today’s students need to be prepared to change careers 3 to 5 times . . . not just jobs.  What does that mean?  Students need to learn skills that will prepare them to learn anything!  How do we as a nation achieve this?  The “Career Readiness Partner Council” was formed with this question in mind.

What is the Career Readiness Partner Council?

The Career Readiness Partner Council, formed in 2012, is comprised of leaders from national education and workforce organizations whose goal is to clarify and focus on what “career readiness” entails.

How does the Council define “Career-Readiness”?

A career-ready person effectively navigates pathways that connect education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially-secure and successful career. A career is more than just a job. Career readiness has no defined endpoint. To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. Knowledge, skills and dispositions that are inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing.

Where can I learn more about the Council’s efforts to increase Career-Readiness in our workforce?

Visit for more detailed information about the council and its efforts.  While you are there, read their report “Building Blocks for Change:  What it means to be Career Ready”.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the new college graduates out there!!!

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