Are your Bulls Career Ready?

The Career Design Center wants to help you successfully connect your students to our office! Here are some ways you can refer students to us and enhance their career development.

Your Syllabus and NACE

Considering the course work of your class, will your students develop any of the eight NACE CareerReadiness Competencies? Insert the syllabus statement (see below) in your syllabus, indicating the NACE Competency/Competencies your students will develop in your class. Refer your students to the Career Design Center for help with translating these skills onto their resumes, practicing their interview skills, and communicating these competencies to potential employers!

Consider adding Career DesignCenter content to your course as an assignment or as extra credit:

Syllabus Statement

This course will provide knowledge and skills related to these NACE Career ReadinessCompetencies: [insert relevant competency/competencies]. These skills will help prepare you for securing an internship or employment opportunities. This is also a great opportunity to take what you are learning in this class and see how it will help you in your chosen career! You can learn more about these competencies and how to include them in your resume at the UB Career Design Center: | 259 Capen Hall, North Campus.

Example Syllabus Statement

Professionalism: In this course, through lectures and lab components, will encourage personal accountability and effective work habits (e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management) and promote an understanding of the impact of non-verbal communication (e.g., attentiveness and preparedness) on professional work image.

Teamwork: Through the semester group project, students will build collaborative relationships with others, listening carefully and utilizing team strengths to achieve common goals. The objective is to practice working within a team structure by negotiating and managing conflict.

Example from ES 442: CareerReadiness in Exercise Science

Objective: Demonstrate oral communication skills by practicing interview skills.
Career Readiness Competencies: Communication and Professionalism
Assessment Method: Practice Interview

Objective:  Utilize best practices related to communication and teamwork.
Career Readiness Competencies: Communication, Equity & Inclusion, and Teamwork
Assessment Method: Team Challenge

NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Based on nationally recognized criteria from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Career & Self-Development

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.


Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.


Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.


Want to learn more about adding career readiness into your syllabus?¬† Contact the Career Design Center and let’s talk!

By Kristy Strough
Kristy Strough User Interface (UI) Designer