Career Connections

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Career Connections

Connecting your coursework to your Career!

Did you know that there is a group of professionals from colleges, universities, and employers that collaborate to help new college grads get hired and be successful in the workforce? This group is known as the National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE, and "is the leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks" (NACE).

Starting in Fall 2022, all Undergraduate Psychology and Psychological Science courses will include a section on the syllabus outlining which of the 8 Career Competencies the course covers. This section on the syllabus will be entitled "Career Connections". The Psychology and Psychological Sciences major not only explores fascinating content about the mind, brain, and behavior, it also prepares you with competitive job skills for the current job market. See below for a list and explanation of each Career Competency.

NACE Career Competencies "Career Connections"

Career & Self Development: Proactively develop oneself and one's career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one's strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one's organization.

Communication: Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking: Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Equity & Inclusion: Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

Leadership: Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

Professionalism: Knowing work environments differ greatly, understanding and demonstrating effective work habits, and acting in the larger community and workplace interest.

Teamwork: Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

Technology: Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.