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Develop tomorrow’s career-ready leaders today through access to world-class experiences, academic opportunities and support from the Krannert community.

Competency development contributes to student success before and after graduation.  It takes the collaborative teamwork of students, faculty, employers and alumni to accomplish the CareerBound mission and vision. Krannert will integrate competency development into curriculum and co-curriculum, measure and assess student engagement in career readiness, and provide support through coaching and mentorship opportunities to enhance competency implementation.
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To make the Krannert undergraduate experience transformational.

Krannert will use the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness competencies as our standard. These competencies have been developed and defined through a task force comprised of representatives of the higher education and corporate sides within NACE.  Student progression through the levels of competency accomplishment will be assessed and recognized through assigned digital platforms.

Career Readiness

Successfully transitioning college graduates into the workplace through the attainment and demonstration of career readiness competencies.

Developed through a task force comprised of representatives of the higher education and corporate sides within the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).  NACE has identified and defined eight key competencies for career readiness. Krannert will use the NACE career readiness competencies as our standard.
Career Bound Career Readiness Competencies

CareerBound Career
Readiness Competencies

Career readiness competencies are embedded within and achieved through curriculum and co-curricular activities. Peer and alumni mentorships are also available to further provide competency development opportunities.

Career Management

Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify 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.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Digital Technology

Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Global/Intercultural Fluency

Value, respect, and learn 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.


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use 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.

oral/written communication

Articulate 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.

Professionalism/work ethic

Demonstrate 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. 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.


Build 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.