The Great Eight Career Competencies

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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: Oral/Written Communication, Digital Technology, Critical Thinking / Problem Solving, Teamwork / Collaboration, Professionalism / Work Ethic, Career Management, Global / Intercultural Fluency, and Leadership.


Are you career ready?

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (N.A.C.E.), Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

Although this course was created by and for the Wichita State University community, it is open to anyone seeking training.


To begin this course, you will need to have an account and login. If you are not logged in or do not have an account, click “Login to Enroll” in the upper right of your screen. Next, click on one of the lessons below. At the bottom of each window, you will have the option to mark the lesson as complete (which will move you to the next lesson) or click on the “next lesson” button.  A course navigation menu will remain on the left side of your screen for direct access to any page, including the quiz. Once you have reviewed all the content in this course, please attempt the The Great Eight Career Competencies Competency Quiz. If you score an 85% or higher on the quiz, you will receive a non-credit digital credential with an optional printable certificate from