CAREER READINESS


College Readiness Indicators Career Readiness Indicators College & Career Readiness Indicators Skills for a Lifetime


Career Readiness is a Hot Topic since many business professionals report that young people lack the employability skills necessary for entry level employment in today's world. In addition, many of our Postsecondary Institutions estimate that as many as 40% or more of their incoming freshman begin college in remediation because they haven't successfully completed their high school core. Scroll down to view indicators that describe what it takes to be career ready. Also, you may click the links for the following supporting documents for more information: What is "Career Ready"; 12 Career Ready Practices; Career Readiness Diagram; What it Means to be Career Ready; and Career Ready Practice Rubric.


 

 

 
 
College Readiness Indicators

College & Career Readiness
Indicators

Career Readiness Indicators

 

 

 


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College Readiness Indicators

Postsecondary education aspirations, goals, and expectations
Knowledge of postsecondary options and requirements for college entry
Understanding of financial aid and application processes
Foundational academic knowledge and skills, especially in English Language Arts and Math
Ability to apply what they have learned in school to real world situations to solve problems
Completed prerequisite or college admission courses at a level sufficient to avoid the need for remediation
Successful completion of challenging, rigorous coursework, or AP or Dual Credit Courses
Exceeds the minimum required score on their ACT, SAT, AP test for college admissions
Understanding the culture of postsecondary institutions
 

 


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Career Readiness Indicators

Career aspirations, goals, and expectations
Knowledge of career options and requirements for entry
Technical knowledge and skills
Understanding of how to find and keep a job
Program completion (e.g., CTE sequence or program of study
Attainment of industry-recognized credential
Understanding of workplace culture

 


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College & Career Readiness Indicators

Understanding the link between career goals and the education needed to achieve them
Successful completion of four-year high school course plans linked to education and career goals
Capacity to integrate and apply academic, technical, and employability knowledge
21st century skills (i.e., communication, decision-making, use of technology, and interpersonal skills)
Learning skills for postsecondary and career success
Secondary diploma or degree
specific plans and time lines for transition to postsecondary education and employment
Financial resources in place for transition to postsecondary education and employment
 

 

 

 

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Employability - Skills for a Lifetime


Below is a list of Employability Skills that All Employees Need, No Matter Where They Work. To assist young adults in understanding the skills they need for success, the US Department of Labor developed a publication entitled "Skills to Pay the Bills". Click the link to view or download this document - Skills to Pay the Bills. The following supporting documents might also be helpful: Soft Skills to Pay the Bills - Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success; Secretaries Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills; Common Employability Skills; and Career Ready Practices Rubric.

 



Personal Skills

Integrity
Initiative
Dependability - Reliability
Adaptability - Flexibility
Professionalism

People Skills

Teamwork
Communication
Respect

Applied Knowledge

Reading
Writing
Mathematics
Science
Technology
Critical Thinking
Job Acquisition & Advancement
Lifelong Learning

Workplace Skills

Planning & Organizing
Problem Solving
Decision Making
Business Fundamentals
Customer Focus
Working with Tools & Technology
Job Specific Skills


 
Personal Skills
 

Integrity:

Treating others with honesty, fairness & respect
  • Demonstrate respect for company's time and property
  • Accept responsibility for one's decisions and actions
  • Be confident in yourself and what you can offer employers
  • Make good ethical decisions, choose to always do the right thing
  • Be honest and demonstrate good moral character

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Initiative:

Demonstrating a willingness to work and seek out new work challenges
  • Take initiative in seeking out new responsibilities and work challenges, increasing the variety and scope of one’s job
  • Pursue work with energy, drive and effort to accomplish tasks
  • Work hard and be loyal to the company
  • Establish and maintain personally challenging, but realistic work goals
  • Strive to exceed standards and expectations
  • Work independently

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Dependability - Reliability:

Displaying responsible behaviors at work
  • Behave consistently, predictably and reliably
  • Fulfill obligations, complete assignments and meet deadlines
  • Follow written and verbal directions
  • Comply with organization’s rules, policies and procedures
  • Demonstrate regular and punctual attendance

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Adaptability - Flexibility:

Displaying the capability to adapt to new, different or changing requirements
  • Be open to learning and considering new ways of doing things
  • Actively seek out and carefully consider the merits of new approaches to work
  • Embrace new approaches when appropriate and discard approaches that are no longer working
  • Effectively change plans, goals, actions or priorities to deal with changing situations

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Professionalism:

Maintaining a professional demeanor at work
  • Demonstrate self-control by maintaining composure and keeping emotions in check even in difficult situations
  • Maintain professional appearance by dressing appropriately for the job and maintaining personal hygiene
  • Use professional language and manners when speaking with supervisors, co-workers and customers
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Take ownership of one’s work
  • Be Self-Motivated
 

 

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People Skills
 
Teamwork:
Demonstrating the ability to work effectively with others
  • Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others
  • Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers
  • Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time
  • Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth work flow
  • Collaborate with others to achieve something

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Communication:
Maintaining open lines of communication with others (could be written, oral or electronic)
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy
  • Listen to and consider others’ viewpoints
  • Recognize and interpret the verbal and nonverbal behavior of others
  • Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
  • Network extensively with colleagues by collaborating with individuals or groups of acquaintances for mutual benefit
  • Linked in is a great resource to network with others
  • Telecommunications - this skill deals with telephone etiquette, how to answer the phone in a place of business in a professional manner, taking notes concerning phone conversations, delivering messages, and dealing politely with customer complaints; Telecommunications can also involve texting messages or sending emails

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Respect:
Working effectively with those who have diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and respect for the opinions, perspectives, customs and individual differences of others
  • Diversity Awareness - Be flexible and open-minded when dealing with a wide range of people
  • Value diversity of approaches and ideas
 

 

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Applied Knowledge
 
Reading:
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents
  • Read and comprehend work-related instructions and policies, memos, bulletins, notices, letters, policy manuals and governmental regulations
  • Read and comprehend documents ranging from simple and straightforward, to more complex and detailed
  • Attain meaning and comprehend core ideas from written materials
  • Integrate what is learned from written materials with prior knowledge
  • Apply what is learned from written material to work situations

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Writing:
Using standard English to clearly communicate thoughts, ideas and information in written form
  • Prepare written materials that are easy to understand using correct wording
  • Communicate thoughts, ideas, information, messages and other written information in a logical, organized and coherent manner
  • Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization
  • Write in a factual manner in a tone appropriate for the target audience in multiple formats

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Mathematics:
Using mathematics to solve problems
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percents
  • Convert decimals to fractions; convert fractions to percents
  • Calculate averages, ratios, proportions and rates
  • Take measurement of time, temperature, distance, length, width, height and weight; convert one measurement to another
  • Translate practical problems into useful mathematical expressions

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Science:
Knowing and applying scientific principles and methods to solve problems
  • Understand basic scientific principles
  • Understand the scientific method (i.e., identify problem, collect information, form opinion and draw conclusion)
  • Apply basic scientific principles to solve problems and complete tasks

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Technology:
Using information technology and related applications to convey and retrieve information
  • Navigation and File Management
    • Understand common computer terminology
    • Use scroll bars, a mouse and dialog boxes to work within the computer’s operating system
    • Access and switch between applications and files of interest
    • Adhere to standard conventions for safeguarding privacy and security
  • Internet and Email
    • Navigate the Internet to find information
    • Open and configure standard browsers
    • Use searches, hypertext references and transfer protocols (enter URLs)
    • Send and retrieve electronic mail (email)
  • Software - Computer Application Proficiency
    • Basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing and spreadsheets

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Critical Thinking:
Using logical thought processes to analyze and draw conclusions
  • Identify inconsistent or missing information
  • Critically review, analyze, synthesize, compare and interpret information
  • Draw conclusions from relevant and/or missing information
  • Test possible hypotheses to ensure the problem is correctly diagnosed and the best solution is found

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Job Acquisition & Advancement:
Learning how to market oneself and convince someone to hire them
  • Identify employment opportunities
  • Fill out applications and Online applications
  • Write a Resume, Cover Letter and a Virtual Resume
  • Review sample job interview questions and prepare for interviews

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Lifelong Learning:
Continuous building of skills and knowledge throughout the life of an individual
  • Demonstrate willingness to learn
  • Learn by doing – individually, in groups, and from each other
 

 

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Workplace Skills
 
Planning & Organizing:
Planning and prioritizing work to manage time effectively and accomplish assigned tasks
  • Able to plan and schedule tasks so that work is completed on time
  • Ability to prioritize various competing tasks
  • Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently
  • Ability to multi-task or manage multiple assignments and tasks, set priorities, and adapt to changing conditions and work assignments
  • Will take necessary corrective action when projects go off track
  • Ability to take charge and manage your co-workers in a leadership or management role

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Problem Solving:
Demonstrating the ability to apply critical thinking skills to solve problems by generating, evaluating, and implementing solutions
  • Able to identify and define the problem
  • Will communicate the problem to appropriate personnel
  • Capable of generating possible solutions
  • Be creative and resourceful in finding solutions to problems
  • Ability to choose and implement a solution

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Decision Making:
Applying critical thinking skills to solve problems encountered in the workplace
  • Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process
  • Anticipate the consequences of decisions
  • Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
  • Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
  • Use common sense or the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions

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Business Fundamentals:
Having fundamental knowledge of the organization and the industry
  • Understand the importance of one’s role in the functioning of the company and the potential impact one’s performance can have on the success of the organization
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of company information, as well as that of
    customers and co-workers, and comply with intellectual property laws
  • Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment and report any violations/discrepancies to appropriate personnel

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Customer Focus:
Actively look for ways to identify market demands and meet customer or client needs
  • Understand and anticipate customer needs
  • Provide personalized service with prompt and efficient responses to meet the requirements, requests and concern of customers or clients
  • Be pleasant, courteous and professional when dealing with internal and external customers or clients
  • Evaluate customer or client satisfaction

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Working With Tools & Technology:
Selecting, using and maintaining tools and technology to facilitate work activity
  • Identify, select and use appropriate tools and technological solutions to frequently encountered problems
  • Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, and consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand
  • Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures and safety standards
  • Seek out opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity

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Job-Specific Skills:
competencies which enable a candidate for employment to excel in a particular job
  • Skills obtained through high school CTE courses, on-the-job training, apprenticeship programs, internships, workshops, Job Corps, College or Universities.
 


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