Career Readiness in the Classroom

Career Readiness in the Classroom

Linking curricular learning objectives to career readiness competencies is important to students' success in the classroom and in the workforce. ELCS helps faculty tomorrow-proof our students by weaving both curricular learning outcomes and career readiness competencies into course syllabi in order to make in-and-out-of-classroom education seamless.

Download a PDF of our Career Readiness Competencies here.

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.

Action Items:

  • Micro-Credentials

  • Job Shadow

  • Guest Speakers

  • Alumni & Expert Panel

  • Examine Workforce Trends

  • Career Path Discussions

  • Informational Interviews

  • Career Fair & Industry Tour

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

Action Items:

  • Papers & Essays
  • Oral Reports
  • Journal Entries
  • Writing Projects
  • Classroom Debates
  • Presentaions
  • Group Discussions
  • Career Documents

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

Action Items:

  • Compare & Contrast
  • Readings
  • Field Skills
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Research & Analysis
  • Case Studies
  • Data Analysis
  • Literature Reviews

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.

Action Items:

  • Diverse Conference
  • UM Allies Training
  • Inclusive Language
  • Set Norms/Ground Rules
  • ELI Conversation Partner
  • Diversified Scholarship
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Accessible Course Materials

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

Action Items:

  • Facilitate Discussions
  • ASUM Involvement
  • Leadership Training
  • Discussion/Group Lead
  • Peer Grading & Teaching
  • Athletic/Intramural Activities
  • Fraternity/Sorority Involvement
  • Teaching/Learning/Grad Assistant

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

Action Items:

  • Attend Conference
  • Student Clubs
  • Goal Setting
  • Portfolios & Website
  • Public Lectures & Performances
  • Practicum & Observations
  • Professional Memberships
  • Internship or Micro-Internship

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

Action Items:

  • Online Forums
  • Peer Reviews
  • Student Panels
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • Group Projects & Activities
  • Laboratory Work
  • Field Teamwork
  • Attendance & Participation

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

Action Items:

  • Statistics Software
  • Social Media
  • Google Analytics
  • Zoom & Moodle
  • Jobscan Resume Analysis
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Research Databases
  • Web & Video Projects

Participate in meaningful and beneficial ways with local and global communities as a culturally competent, engaged citizen of the world.

Action Items:

  • Service Learning
  • Volunteerism
  • Service Saturdays
  • Alternative Breaks
  • Study & Work Away
  • Global Partners
  • Apply Global Lens
  • Mansfield Center Global Pals

Identify goals or common problems, empathize within context, imagine and test novel solutions to adaptively convert what you have into what you envision.

Action Items:

  • Remix Familiar Sources
  • Improve Projects
  • Co-Design Solutions
  • Capstone Experience
  • Engage Real World Problems
  • Interdisciplinary Coursework
  • Design Sketches/Hypotheses/Trials
  • Write Abstracts from Complex Research