Career & Professional Development supports the professional development of all students by providing services, events, and advising to help you reach your career goals.
We offer student resources on:
Get Hired! Guide
For a more comprehensive look at many of these topics consider purchasing the Get Hired! Guide, an electronic book accessed by visiting Great River Learning. You can purchase an access code the University Books & More or by visiting the online link. Guides can be purchased for $30. When choosing a section, you should choose the General User section.
Essential Career Readiness Skills
As a UW Oshkosh student you have numerous opportunities to develop the necessary career-ready skills which will allow you to effectively market your academic & professional development experiences.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers, through a task force of college career services and HR/staffing professionals, has developed a definition, based on extensive research among employers, and identified seven competencies associated with career readiness.
Definition of Career Readiness and Competencies
Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.
These competencies are:
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
- Oral/Written Communication
- Information Technology Application
- Professionalism/Work Ethic
- Career Management
- Global/Intercultural Fluency
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.
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.
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.
Select and use appropriate technology to accomplish a given task. The individual is also able to apply computing skills to solve problems.
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.
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.
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.
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.