Employers want to hire talented college students and recent graduates who can demonstrate particular skills.  Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies will make you competitive candidates for future employment.  Each month we will highlight one competency and strategy to develop and demonstrate these skills


Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals; organize, prioritize and delegate work; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate.

  • Take on a leadership role in a club or organization
  • Take the lead role in group projects
  • Practice goal setting and strategic thinking and plan how to reach these goals
  • Participate in the Sophomore COR Leadership program to develop effective ways to lead, manage conflict, build resilience, build authentic relationships and respecting differences
  • Ask for special projects and focused work assignments at your part-time jobs
  • Seek out valuable experiential learning through research, internships, field experiences and clinicals. Learn from your mentor and supervisor leadership styles and techniques

Practice these skills in and outside of the classroom:

  • Practice and develop your leadership skills through both formal and informal leadership roles
  • Challenge yourself to learn and grow in every group, team and work setting
  • Take StrenthsQuest to analyze how you can use your personal strengths for effective leadership (available through Career Services)

Check out additional tips and resources at css.edu/career.