2019-20 Theme: Career Readiness

The world of work evolves through technological advances, globalization, and workforce diversification; the need for competent, responsible leaders grows; and the value of a liberal arts education is challenged.

Are we, as a higher education institution ready for what the future holds?

Are our students prepared to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, life and communities as our WSU mission states?

How do they know they are ready?

The Career Readiness theme team used the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Model, which through extensive research identified eight core competencies that employers seek in college graduates.

These eight core competencies align well with the University’s student learning outcomes and complement many of the learning outcomes of academic programs.

This model created a framework to assist students to identify, articulate, and advance these eight core competency areas through curricular and co-curricular programming.

The theme also invited academic programs to highlight and share their best practices around competency identification, articulation, and advancement unique to their disciplines.

Featured Competency Weeks

During the featured competency weeks, it's a time to focus on those career readiness concepts and really build up your skills in the competency area.

  • Teamwork & Collaboration: Sep. 2 - 20
  • Global & Cultural Fluency: Sep. 23 - Oct. 11
  • Professionalism & Career Management: Oct.14 - Nov. 1
  • Critical Thinking: Nov. 4 - 22
  • Leadership: Jan. 27 - Feb. 14
  • Digital Technology: Feb. 17 - March 6
  • Oral & Written Communication: March 16 - April 3
  • Community Engagement: April 6 - 24

Career Readiness Events

The Career Readiness Theme included a variety of events throughout the year that will help the WSU community build their career readiness skills and become better prepared for their careers-- whatever they may be.

Faculty were encouraged to use the theme in their classrooms and schedule a classroom presentation from the Warrior Success Center called “Are you Ready?” which walked students through multiple activities to help them identify their competencies.

Members of the WSU community were also welcome to host their own Theme events. The Theme team provided resources for tying events to the theme including:

  • Downloadable theme logo graphics
  • Downloadable Facebook Event filters
  • Use of #WSUCareerReady hashtag for students to showcase their competencies and employers to see evidence of career readiness from WSU students

#WSUCareerReady Social Media Contest

Career Services gave away career-related books to help support career development:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama – an autobiography
  •  So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport-- a career management book
  •  You Can Do Anything, The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts degree by George Anders – signed by the author

Students, staff and community members who like, share or comment on the Career Services Facebook posts were entered into a drawing to win the book.