The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines career readiness as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace. There is an expectation by employers that colleges and universities prepare graduates for today’s workplaces. Similar expectations exist throughout the world.
The definition and competencies guide the development of curriculum and instruction that will close the gap between higher education and the world of work. They lay the foundation for the work necessary to prepare college students at all academic levels for successful entry, re-entry, or advancement within the workforce.