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For Students

CareerBound is here to help you prepare and to succeed in your academic journey and career. By acquiring new skills and competencies, you can develop your personal brand and demonstrate your accomplishments to potential employers.

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.

CareerBound competency engagement and assessment is integrated within digital platforms and tools such as Brightspace, CareerBound App (Suitable), SkillSurvey, BoilerConnect and Spotlight. A digital badging element related to competency achievements will reflect your accomplishments and enable you to present your competencies to potential employers.

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For Faculty

Krannert faculty are an integral part of the CareerBound team. By mapping curriculum and co-curriculum learning and activities to competencies, you are enabling students to advance their skillsets and to successfully transition into the workplace.

CareerBound Competencies

Faculty engagement and forward movement along the pathway of Awareness, Support, Engagement, Collaboration and Partnership related to the CareerBound program will enable student success.

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For Employers

The Krannert CareerBound program identifies eight competencies which are most sought after by employers. Graduating students who champion these competencies are better prepared to become effective team members who positively contribute to organizational goals.

How it works

  • Preparing students for career success
  • Internships
  • First Job after Graduation
  • Beyond

There are several ways employers can play an integral part in student development through the CareerBound program. Here are a few:

  • Unique opportunities to engage with students
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Senior Assessment
  • Employer Advisory Board
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For Alumni

Alumni are an important contributor in the overall successes and preparedness of our students. We highly value the role our alumni play in sharing their insights and industry knowledge with students to help prepare them for their careers and life beyond the Krannert School.

The Krannert School of Management CareerBound program promotes student development in career readiness competencies. We are excited about your partnership to advance our students along the pathway to career success through competency awareness and implementation!

  • Alumni Mentor Program
  • Alumni in the Classroom Initiative
  • Executive in Residence
  • Additional Engagement Opportunities

Learn more and get involved

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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.