You are invited to participate in Career Ready, a free self-paced online course open to all Auburn University students. The University Career Center created this program to guide you in your professional development throughout college. It is based on the eight career readiness competencies outlined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) that employers seek in new graduates.

This non-credit hour Canvas course is divided into modules to help you understand, develop, and market each of these competencies. Participants will watch videos and complete activities & reflections to engage with the content. Upon completion of this program, you will receive a certificate and an electronic badge declaring you Career Ready Certified which can be added to your LinkedIn profile and ePortfolio.

Career Ready will be beneficial to you as you prepare to apply for student leadership positions, part-time jobs, internships, graduate/professional school, and even full-time jobs.

If you are a faculty or staff member and would like to infuse Career Ready into your class, organization, or student employment program, please contact Jennifer Crowder.

NACE Career Readiness Competencies


Access and manage the emotions of all individuals. Capitalize on the strengths of others and use interpersonal skills to motivate, guide, organize, prioritize, and delegate work.


Leverage appropriate technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks and accomplish goals.


Build relationships within a diverse network in order to archive a common goal by negotiation and managing conflict.


Deliver and receive information by articulating and discerning thoughts and ideas using oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills.


Demonstrate accountability by taking ownership of your actions and behavior while keeping the interest of others in mind, and be willing to learn from mistakes.

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.

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.

Critical Thinking

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.

Last modified: February 24, 2022