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Career Readiness


The deadline to submit the Fall 2021 Career Readiness application is November 15. Please email with any questions.


What is Career Readiness?

According to National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the definition of career readiness is...

“Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.”


Career Development announces re-designed and expanded Career Readiness Certification programs for Fall 2021

The Center for Career Development announces that the GOLD and PURPLE Career Readiness Certification programs have been re-designed and expanded. Based mostly on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Competencies and George Kuh’s high impact practices, the programs designs are to help students identify where their skills are being developed and how to better communicate those skills to employers.

Gold Career Readiness — Freshmen and Sophomores ›

The GOLD (freshman/sophomore) program emphasizes 1) Exploring Interests and Getting Involved, 2) Planning and Skill Building, and 3) Introduction to the Career Ready Competencies. Additional workshops help students on how to better articulate their skill accumulation on resumes and when answering behavioral based interview questions.

This extra emphasis on growing and identifying skills and being able to communicate those skills, assists in acquiring needed internships, co-ops and summer employment opportunities. Being able to discuss these skills with employers supports the student’s academic major, occupational goals and increases their chances for employment success. The GOLD program is perfect for those freshman level courses that are looking for initial career awareness and self exploration activities.

Purple Career Readiness — Juniors and Seniors ›

The PURPLE (Junior/Senior) program has also been expanded to offer segments on financial wellness, LinkedIn and personal branding and image, skills deemed important when making a successful transition into the world of work. The PURPLE program has heightened focus on helping students prepare for their upcoming transition from Tech and is broken into 1) Getting Experience 2) Getting Ready for What Comes Next and 3) Becoming Career Ready.

Resume writing, including tips on leveraging industry specific language is brought into focus as well as helping students understand the nuances of answering interview questions by using concrete examples of their skills and experiences. The PURPLE program makes an excellent companion program to professionalism courses where juniors and seniors are enrolled.

We advise all faculty considering these programs to let us know of your intent prior to the start of the semester. You can do so by sending an email to For a full look at each program’s requirements please see the GOLD and PURPLE Career Readiness applications listed below.

Career Readiness Certification

Gold Career Readiness Application — Freshman/Sophomore

To apply for the Gold Career Readiness Program for freshmen and sophomores, please download and complete the following application, or complete the online application. For Part Three of the Gold Career Readiness Program application, instructions are available here (applicable to the Gold application only).

The online application will only be available from September 28, 2021 – November 15, 2021. Do not submit online applications until you have completed all requirements.




Purple Career Readiness Application — Junior/Senior

To apply for the Purple Career Readiness Program for juniors and seniors, please download and complete the following application, or complete the online application. 

The online application will only be available from September 16, 2021 – November 15, 2021. Do not submit online applications until you have completed all requirements.




The 10 Competencies for Career Readiness

Career & Self-Development

Proactively 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.


Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logistical analysis of relevant information.

Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.


Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

Financial Literacy

Understand and manage personal finances to build a financial foundation that supports career aspirations. The individual demonstrates an understanding of personal finances and the implications of financial decisions to lead a life that is not hindered by financial obligations, but rather, supported by responsible financial decisions.

Lifelong Wellbeing

Engage in activities that promote quality well-being, focusing on intellectual, physical, and social attributes. The individual demonstrates habits of success through ongoing and consistent nurturing of physical health, an inquiring and intellectual mindfulness, and positive and inspirational social engagement.




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