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Career Readiness Competencies

Cardinal Flight is based on career readiness competencies inspired by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and includes the following areas: (1) Career Development, (2) Communication, (3) Diversity and Inclusion, (4) Leadership and Teamwork, and (5) Strategic Thinking and Technology.

Review the definition for each competency below.

View the Cardinal Flight Approved Activities Checklist to find out what activities count for the program.

Approved Activities Checklist
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Career 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 outside of one’s organization.

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

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

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

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Strategic Thinking – Identify and respond to needs based on an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

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

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

Note: Adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)