Students trust faculty and staff to provide career advice and to connect them with useful resources. The Career Center appreciates all the ways that our faculty and staff colleagues are supporting our Leos, and we are eager to support your work.

Faculty are in a special position to help students understand how their in-class learning is leading them to build the career competencies that employers expect. Below are several ways that the Career Center can help you promote your students’ success.

Encourage Students to Use Handshake

Handshake is the portal for students to learn about jobs, internships, and other career opportunities. It’s not just for students who are actively job seeking—it is also an effective resource for students who are learning about potential careers. In addition to providing job listings, Handshake includes lists of events and links to resources that help students learn about potential careers.

Please encourage students to utilize Handshake! We know that students respond when their faculty and staff members nudge them and explain how the system is relevant at the current point in their college career.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

Career Readiness refers to the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workforce. Extensive research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resulted in a list of core competencies employers seek in college graduates. Students can develop these skills throughout their college experience to prepare for their future careers (Adopted from NACE).

What are the Career Competencies?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers identifies key career readiness skills that employers are looking for and that resonate across the University of La Verne’s Baccalaureate Goals:   

  • Critical Thinking 
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Technology 
  • Leadership 
  • Professionalism 
  • Career and Self Development
  • Equity & Inclusion

Tools for Teaching Career Competencies

Instructors teach career competency skills every day. However, for students, these skills are not always nameable and translatable. The resources below provide specific steps to make competencies transparent to students and help them articulate how they translate to the careers students want.

  • Sample Syllabi (Coming soon!)
  • Sample Assignments (Coming soon!)