What is Workforce Readiness?
Workforce Readiness: A Working Definition
Ensure that today’s and tomorrow’s workforce has the skills, competencies and behaviors to succeed in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.
So what does that mean?
According to the Career Readiness Partner Council, a career-ready person “effectively navigates pathways that connect education and employment to achieve a fulfilling, financially-secure and successful career. A career is more than just a job. Career readiness has no defined endpoint. To be career ready in our ever-changing global economy requires adaptability and a commitment to lifelong learning, along with mastery of key academic, technical and workplace knowledge, skills and dispositions that vary from one career to another and change over time as a person progresses along a developmental continuum. Knowledge, skills and dispositions that are inter-dependent and mutually reinforcing.”
Basically, that a career is more than just a job, and it takes more than just technical knowledge to find your career. Your innate talents are essential for career readiness and necessary for engaging in today’s economy, but you also need skills that you did not necessarily learn in class.
Hopefully these links will help you get started on the path to workforce and career readiness:
STEM Workforce Trends:
U.S. Knowledge-Intensive Services Industries Employ 18 Million and Pay High Wages
Social Networking Tips:
What is Networking?” from Strommen Center for Meaningful Work
7 Ways College Students Can Benefit from LinkedIn
Be a Gutsy Grad: LinkedIn Tips by Lindsey Pollak
LinkedIn Etiquette: 20 Do’s & Don’ts by Melonie Dodaro
The Do’s and Don’ts of LinkedIn Etiquette by Linley Taber