Career Competencies – How Students and Candidates Demonstrate Proficiency

Brought to you by: The National Association of Colleges and Employers

Recently, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) announced revisions to their career readiness competencies model. This release marked a pinnacle point in NACE’s stewardship of competency development with and on behalf of members. Accompanying the revisions, each competency now has a set of sample behaviors. These behaviors have been validated through research NACE undertook in partnership with SkillSurvey. This is a game changer: The behaviors serve not only as guideposts in our work with students, interns, and new hires, but also can help us in discussions with colleagues and co-workers about the important role they play in developing a career-ready workforce. This significant addition can also inform the development of reliable and valid tools and assessments, critical for understanding levels of competency proficiency among students and candidates.

During this presentation, we will share the updated results and findings from over 36,000 student evaluations at more than 10,000+ organizations on the 30 behaviors linked to the NACE Career Readiness competencies. This proof-of-concept project resulted in the successful validation of behaviors, marking a significant and essential milepost in advancing evidence-based career readiness initiatives for our profession.

During the session, we will:
• Review the importance of observable behaviors and how they were mapped to the eight NACE competencies.
• Identify behaviors tied to competencies employers deem “most essential” and compare student proficiency levels based on evaluator ratings, along with how students rate themselves.
• Explore how participating students compare to the project’s large national sample of other students and 87,000 job candidates rated on the same behaviors.
• Share how The Washington Center and other participating institutions leveraged observable behaviors to support students’ competency development and program accreditation.

18 November 2021, 1700-1830 GMT

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Jerome September


Dean of Student Affairs, University of the Witwatersrand

Jerome September is Dean of Student Affairs at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has held this position as part of the Wits Senior Executive Team since May 2018. Prior to this, September was Head of Student Affairs at Sol Plaatjie University in Kimberley, after serving in various roles at his alma mater, the University of Cape Town (UCT), for over a decade. He served as President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) at UCT in the late 1990’s.

September serves on the University South Africa (USAf) Strategy Group on Transformation, serves on the Council on Higher Education’s Reference Group on the Development of a Good Practise Guide on Student Engagement in Quality Assurance and Promotion in Higher Education, is a board member of the University Sports Company, serves on a task team set up to review the social justice policies of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and is a member of the Ministerial Task Team on Sexual Harassment and Gender-based violence in Higher Education as appointed by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology.

September holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Studies and a Master of Philosophy degree in human rights from UCT. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration at the University of Bath in the UK.

Randy Bitting

Co-Founder, The Career Readiness Project

Randy Bitting is Co-Founder of The Career Readiness Project, a national pilot program to assess and measure students’ proficiency in the 8 NACE competencies. Under his leadership, The Career Readiness Project launched at more than 150 institutions in 18 months and was recognized as the Best Competency-based Education Solution in the 2019 EdTech Breakthrough Awards. Previously – Randy joined Handshake as Chief Strategy Officer and played a lead role in helping Handshake grow from 5 to 500+ universities in three years | Pioneered the video interviewing category in 2003 as Founder and CEO of InterviewStream | Named Inc. Magazine’s “Top 30 under 30.”

Matthew Brink

Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers

Matthew serves as the Assistant Executive Director for the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) where he leads strategy for career readiness, content, research, professional development, conferences, leadership institutes, and signature programs. His contributions support the NACE community of 13,500+ members consisting of university relations and recruiting and career services professionals. Matthew regularly presents on a variety of career readiness and college to career topics at conferences, convenings, and summits and has served on numerous advisor boards. Prior to joining NACE in 2015, Matthew served as Director of the Career Services Center at the University of Delaware, from 2010 to 2015. Before joining the University of Delaware in 2010, he was the Director of Career Development and Transformative Learning at Saint Joseph’s University. He has also served in career services roles at Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College and Swarthmore College. Matthew holds a Master of Science in Counselling and Human Relations from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts in Radio, Television, and Film from Messiah College.

Dr. Sherrod Williams

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Career Readiness, The Washington Center (TWC)

Dr. Sherrod Williams is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Career Readiness for The Washington Center (TWC). As Vice President, Sherrod is responsible for the student experience at TWC including oversight of the Academic Internship Program, managing a portfolio of over 400 internship sites, career readiness programs, and evening courses. Sherrod manages the staff responsible for the program delivery, faculty, internship advising, internship site coordination, team of instructors that all work collaboratively to ensure successful experiences and cultivates partnership that enhance their programs. Sherrod advises the president of on organizational development strategy, specifically, mission, vision, values, and priorities.

Prior to The Washington Center, Sherrod served as the Director of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston), held several positions at at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and worked in the non-profit sector as a program director coordinating a Service Learning program in Birmingham schools.

Sherrod earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s of Business Marketing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

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