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About Business Career Readiness and Engagement

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

The Haworth College of Business is dedicated to career readiness and engagement programs because these programs make a difference in student success in the classroom and beyond. Career preparation often begins with applying specific knowledge attained in a major. Career readiness preparation also provides students opportunities to make professional connections supporting career goals and ultimately foster the competencies listed below.

Colleges and employers nationwide recognize these proficiencies as employability skills desired in the world of work. The intentional collaboration between the Student Professional Readiness Series and the Zhang Career Center in the Haworth College of Business provides business students with a menu of opportunities to practice and master these skill sets in a supportive environment. The result is job ready candidates who have the competence and confidence to be successful in the business world and transition seamlessly from college to career.

What Traits Make Students career ready?

Critical thinking illustrationCritical thinking and problem solving: Exercising sound reasoning to analyze issues, making decisions, and overcoming problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

talking bubbles with a pencil in front of themOral and written communication: Articulating thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

illustration of a mobile phoneTechnology: Digital Technology: Leveraging existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

a person helping someone over a wallTeamwork and collaboration: Building collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.


illustration of three people in neck tiesLeadership: Leveraging the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and using interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is 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.

calendar with a clock in front of itProfessionalism and work ethic: Demonstrating personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understanding the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

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Career management: Identifying and articulating one’s skills, strengths, knowledge and experience relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identifying areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is 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.

outline of a global with a heart over itGlobal and intercultural fluency: Valuing, respecting, and learning from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.