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Career and Employment Research Guide

What are Career Competencies?

Career Competencies are clusters of essential skills that are important for individuals to develop to ensure career success after graduation. There are eight competencies defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) that employers from all industries are looking for in potential candidates and employees.

The eight career competencies are:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Career & Self-Development
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


The University Career Center promotes resources and activities that support these essential skills through Competency Compass. The Compass webpage provides an overview of each competency, as well as recommended campus activities and courses that build upon each competency.

To learn more about these competencies and how the Career Center can support you, you can visit the Career Center's Career Competencies webpage for more information. You can explore library resources related to these competencies by selecting a page on the left-hand side.