Our Career Ready Initiative

About Our Career Ready Initiative

We created our Career Ready Guide and Career Ready video channel in response to the skills gap identified by employers.

Both are inspired by NACE’s 8 career readiness competencies, and will teach your students how to understand, develop, and demonstrate the soft skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive job market.

Continue reading below to learn how your students can benefit from these innovative solutions designed to bridge the skills gap!

NEW Career Ready Guide

About the Career Ready Guide

Authored by leading career development professionals, our NEW Career Ready Guide teaches students how to develop essential soft skills valued by employers. This self-guided, online course features:

  • Interactive Learning Activities
  • Action Plans
  • Chapter Quizzes
  • 17 Informative Videos
  • Checklists
  • Case Studies
  • Reflective Questions

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Meet the Authors

Donna C. Ratcliffe, Ed.D.

Donna C. Ratcliffe, Ed.D.

Director, Career and Professional Development, Virginia Tech

Dr. Donna Cassell Ratcliffe has a rich history of significant contributions to the profession. She is a former president of VACE and EACE and the recipient of each organization’s distinguished service award. Active in NACE, Donna served on the committee that developed NACE’s career readiness competencies and co-chaired the committee to develop implementation strategies and resources. She has a passion for career ready competencies and has made numerous presentations on the topic.

Tim Harding, M.S.

Tim Harding, M.S.

Associate Dean of Career Development and Engagement, University of Tampa

Tim Harding, M.S., has served as the Associate Dean of Career Development and Engagement at the University of Tampa since 2005. Previously, he was the Career Services Director at Butler University. Harding is currently on the Board of Directors for NACE. He has served on several NACE committees including the 21st Century Model Career Center Team and the Member Engagement Committee. Harding served as the president of SoACE and the Career Development Professionals of Indiana.

David Gaston, M.A.

David Gaston, M.A.

Executive Director, University Career Center, University of Kansas

David Gaston, M.A., has more than twenty years’ experience in collegiate career services; he spent most of that time leading a nationally recognized career services department at the University of Kansas. While at KU, David led the creation and development of new career-focused, credit-bearing, courses taught by career center staff, which tripled student enrollment. In addition, he has served in leadership roles in state, regional, national, and international career services professionals associations.

About the Videos

PREVIEW Leadership – Career Ready Video

About the Career Ready Videos

Our Career Ready videos are included in the NEW Career Ready Guide, but can also be licensed separately and featured on your website, emailed to students, incorporated into workshops, and more!

The Career Ready video channel includes 8 definition videos and 8 Q&A style videos that feature student voices.

Take a moment to preview one of the Career Ready videos, Leadership, then contact us to learn more!

Part of the National Conversation

2017 Competency Symposium Highlight Reel

Penn State Roundtable

CareerSpots is immersed in the national conversation on Career Readiness. Recently, we attended Clemson University’s 2017 Competency Symposium in South Carolina, NACE’s FIRST Career Readiness Roundtable at Penn State University, and NACE’s 2017 Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Clemson’s Symposium

CareerSpots was thrilled to attend Clemson’s 2017 Competency Symposium that focused on Career Readiness to ensure students have the toolkit needed to succeed in life after college. Attendees discussed initiating and integrating competency plans into campus-wide Career Readiness programming.

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