Career Readiness

PRL helps students measure their career readiness as young professionals through the lens of the National Association of Colleges and Employer's (NACE) core competencies. Students can learn different skills and practices to exemplify these competencies by attending our events throughout their college career.


Dawson Lane with the Hall of Fame award.

Dawson Lane was awarded the Hall of Fame award for exemplifying the NACE 8 throughout his college career.


Core Competencies

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking and Problem SolvingExercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. Able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.



Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. 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.


Oral & Written CommunicationArticulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. Has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.


ProfessionalismDemonstrate 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. Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.


TeamworkBuild collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. Able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Career & Self Development

Career ManagementIdentify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. 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. 


Digital TechnologyLeverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. Demonstrate effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Equity & Inclusion

Global and Intercultural FluencyProactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

Source:   NACE Center

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