Career Readiness

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Competency Areas of Career Readiness

Did you know that employers look for career readiness in new hires? Career Readiness is defined as in the following seven competency areas:


  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving 

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret and use knowledge, facts and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.


  • Oral/Written Communications

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.


  • Teamwork/Collaboration

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure and can negotiate and manage conflict.


  • Information Technology Application

Select and use appropriate technology to accomplish a given task. The individual is also able to apply computing skills to solve problems.


  • Leadership

Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize and delegate work.


  • Professionalism/Work Ethic

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behaviour acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.


  • Career Management

Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.


Unlock your career potential — Are you career ready?

  1. Using the above information, pick one competency area.
  2. Read the description.
  3. Write down one job, academic assignment, volunteer or community activity you had done that demonstrates you have competency in the area.


If you would like assistance with defining your skills and values to consider making an appointment with a Career Counsellor. You can also start the process on your own, by completing the Skills Articulation Modules.