Develop Career Readiness

Demonstrate the value you bring to employers

Career Ready Competencies are the foundational building blocks for your career - wherever that takes you. They are the skills, experiences, and attributes that broadly prepare you for a successful transition into the work you want to do - a research opportunity, that internship, the SSLP, that leadership role, the scholars program, the fellowship, the RA for your residence hall, the entrepreneurial venture, graduate school, that post-grad dream job, and all the jobs you will apply for in the future. 

Track your progress

The Career Readiness Competency Tracker can help you:

  • understand what skills employers are seeking,
  • assess your level of expertise / development in each of those skills, and
  • articulate the skills you bring to the table.

We’ve put it all together for you in one, comprehensive Google Sheet you can use during your time at Notre Dame.

By clicking the link below you are creating your personal copy. Be sure to create only one copy of the tracker.

Create my personal Career Readiness Competency Tracker

Learn about the 9 competencies


Clarify and articulate your Values, Interests, Personality, and Skills (VIPS) as well as experiences relevant to your career goals and desired positions, and identify areas necessary for professional growth.

Learn more about Self-Awareness


Successfully build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively together as a team through shared responsibility, respect, and empathy to complete a shared goal for a common good.

Learn more about Teamwork


Motivate a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal, and direct workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the organization's needs.

Learn more about Leadership

Digital Technology

Leverage current and emerging digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

Learn more about Technology

Work Ethic/Professionalism

Demonstrate integrity, resilience, accountability and ethical behavior.

Learn more about Professionalism

Verbal/Written Communications

Articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills (to instruct, inform and persuade), as well as listening for meaning to gain understanding.

Learn more about Communication

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Actively and skillfully conceptualize, apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to reach an answer or conclusion.

Learn more about Critical Thinking

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individual, community and organizational differences.

Learn more about DEI

The Notre Dame Way

Apply what you have learned here at Notre Dame to be a powerful means for good.

Learn more about The Notre Dame Way