Gain Experience

Gain Experience

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There are a variety of ways to gain experiential knowledge in a career field. Below is a graph to help you quickly visualize the time and money demands for various methods of gaining experience and developing your potential. These methods can help you better understand an occupation and develop marketable skills that employers are looking for in job candidates.

Experiential learning opportunities on a plot graph depending on how much time and money would be required for the experience

Ask yourself, "How much time and money am I willing to dedicate to learning about this career?

If you have several careers to explore, think about choosing a less time-consuming option. If you’re looking for confirmation in one primary career field, a bigger time commitment will offer a more extensive understanding of that occupation. If money is a major concern for you, think about options that cost less or can help you earn money.

Pie chart showing what kinds of experiential learning opportunities employers are looking for in an applicant, including work experience, clubs, major, leadership, volunteering, and GPAAs you can see, your major and GPA are just a couple of slices of a pie that includes several other important factors.

What areas do you excel?

What areas do you want to work on, and how will you do it?

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NACE Career Readiness Competencies

Have you ever wondered what competencies employers are looking for in job candidates? The National Association of Colleges and Employers (2021) surveyed employers to find out what makes college students "career ready". Below are the 8 core competencies that you will want to develop during your college experience to stand out in applicant pools.