Career Readiness Competencies

The eight Student Employee Career Readiness Competencies, definitions, and related student-employee learning outcomes provide both a framework and a language for describing/defining the competencies that develop through experiences and employment offered in the Division of Student Affairs. The Career Readiness Competencies relate directly to, but are fundamentally separate from, the Co-curricular Learning Domains, or CCLDs.

What are the Competencies?

icon for Collaboration and Teamwork competency Collaboration and Teamwork

Engage in intentional interactions among groups and/or individuals of differing backgrounds directed at achieving a shared goal. Able to work productively within a team structure, and identify and manage group dynamics.

icon for Communication competency Communication

Articulate thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively in written and oral forms, in a manner conducive to fostering professional relationships. Including the demonstration of proficient speaking and listening skills, to clearly express oneself and receive ideas of others.

icon for Professionalism competency Professionalism

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits (e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time management) and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior, act responsibly, and be able to learn from mistakes.

icon for Intercultural Perspectives competency Intercultural Perspectives

Understand personal identities. Value, respect, and learn from divergent viewpoints. Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people. Appreciate individuals’ differences.

icon for Leadership competency Leadership

Identify the strengths of self and others to achieve common goals and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. Manage emotions and acknowledge those of others to inspire, guide, and empower; and organize, align, and prioritize team tasks for positive change.

icon for Learning & Application competency Learning & Application

Acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences and apply academic and job-based learning in novel and innovative ways. Application can happen through simple connections among ideas and experiences, to synthesizing and transferring learning in various contexts and environments.

icon for Critical Thinking & Problem Solving competency Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Synthesize existing ideas, images, or expertise in original ways. Design, evaluate and implement strategies or interventions to answer questions, make decisions, or achieve a desired goal.

icon for Technology competency Technology

Integrate and utilize technology ethically and efficiently, and discern when technology is appropriate to the task at hand. Adapt to new and emerging technologies to complete tasks and accomplish goals based on organizational purpose.

Download the CRC document, a printable handout of all eight competencies on one page.

Why do we have the Career Readiness Competencies?

We want students’ employment experience within the Division of Student Affairs to be more than just a paycheck. We believe that every position a student works can help prepare them for their work once they graduate from Iowa State University. The CRCs allow both employers and employees to have concrete definitions of skills desired by managers and CEOs.

How can I use the Career Readiness Competencies?

The CRCs are available for use by any department! We have branded them ISU Career Ready with the hope that these efforts will make our students and graduates that much more prepared for the workplace. You can download the documents, which include application and email templates, interview questions, and tips for putting together an application. 

Branded documents
Iowa State’s Recreation Services has employed the competencies, and has branded a set of the same documents as above to serve as a toolkit for staff in the department to use. 

Additional tools will be added as they are developed. In addition, work is being done to create an evaluation tool that can be used across the Division of Student Affairs.