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What Are Career Skills?

In the 21st Century, it is more important than ever for individuals to develop career skills during their educational journey in order to ensure career success after graduation. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines these essential skills in eight specific career competencies. These competencies include Critical Thinking, Communication, Teamwork, Technology, Leadership, Professionalism, Career & Self-Development, and Equity and Inclusion. Employers highly value these career skills across all industries and are specifically looking for candidates who gained them during their college experience.


Competency Compass

Using the Career Center’s Competency Compass, Charlotte students can explore campus activities and courses that align with the eight different career competencies. By engaging in these campus activities and courses, students can grow in these skill areas, which will prepare them for life after college.

Freshmen and Sophomores:
Competency Compass helps you…

  • explore the unique activities, organizations and classes you can become involved in while attending Charlotte
  • try out some interest areas you may be considering for major/career choices
  • build your resume by allowing you to see what you want to get involved in
  • gain leadership experience!

Juniors and Seniors:
Competency Compass helps you…

  • explore ways to stand out to an employer
  • see examples of ways to include your on-campus experiences on your resume
  • learn about new ways to build experiences on your resume
  • explore potential interview questions you may be asked about your experiences
  • understand what competencies you did learn or can learn within different activities


*Descriptions taken from the National Association of Colleges and Employers