CAREER CENTER

Mission

The CSUN Career Center assists students in clarifying life and career goals, preparing for the transition from graduation to employment and/or graduate school, and learning the principles of life-long career management.

CAREER-READY EDUCATION

The CSUN Career Center's primary educational goal is to help students successfully transition into a rapidly changing labor market. The rise of the gig economy, technology, and automation make employers look for skill-based graduates who are adaptable and ready for the digital wave and knowledgable in hard, digital proficiency, and soft skills.

Therefore, the CSUN Career Center has adopted the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies. 

Employers want to hire graduates who can demonstrate these skills, talents, and strengths. Mastering these Career Readiness Competencies and the current hiring landscape will make you a competitive candidate for future employment.

CAREER READINESS COMPETENCIES

Career Readiness is the attainment and demonstration of competencies that prepare you for a successful transition into the workplace.

Here are the most crucial competencies in today’s labor market:  

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EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
The ability to be aware of, control, express, and assess the impact of the emotions. Understand how to handle interpersonal relationships empathetically.

APPLICATION:

Guide, motivate, negotiate, and have social awareness.

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COMMUNICATION
The ability to articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms.

APPLICATION:

Public speaking, expressing ideas to others, and writing/editing e-mails, letters, and technical reports.

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TEAMWORK
The ability to collaborate and build relationships with colleagues and others.

APPLICATION:

Negotiate and manage conflict. Work within a team structure.

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LEADERSHIP
The ability to leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals.

APPLICATION:

Coach and develop others. Organize, prioritize, and delegate.

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PROBLEM SOLVING
The ability to exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems.

APPLICATION:

Analyze, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data to demonstrate and solve issues using originality, creativity, and inventiveness.

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PROFESSIONALISM
The ability to demonstrate personal accountability, effective work habits, integrity, and ethical behavior.

APPLICATION:

Compassion, integrity, and respect for others. Punctuality, and time management.

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DIGITAL FLUENCY
The ability to leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently. Demonstrate adaptability to new technologies.

APPLICATION:

Use computing skills to solve problems, to be creative, and practice digital responsibility.

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INTERCULTURAL FLUENCY
The ability to value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions.

APPLICATION:

Awareness about the wider world, understand different cultures and backgrounds. Play an active role in the global community.

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LIFELONG LEARNING
The ability to continuously improves on existing skills and acquires new ones based on their individual needs.

APPLICATION:

Self-motivated or self-initiated learning and gaining new skills. Motivation is out of personal interest or personal development.

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CAREER MANAGEMENT
The ability to identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experience relevant to career goals. Analyze areas for professional growth.

APPLICATION:

Ability to navigate and explore job options, take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and self-advocate in the workplace.