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Marketable Skills

The 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, "career readiness" has been undefined, making it difficult for leaders in higher education, work force development, and public policy to work together effectively to ensure the career readiness of today's graduates.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), 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.

- National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2020

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