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Why does Krannert offer CareerBound?

Today's successful professionals need more than technical knowledge. Career readiness is, quite simply, the new career currency.  In addition to strong academic performance, employers are looking for emerging talent with the professional and interpersonal skills to be highly functional from Day 1 on the job.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) is the leading source of information on the employment of the college educated, and forecasts hiring and trends in the job market; tracks starting salaries, recruiting and hiring practices, and student attitudes and outcomes; and identifies best practices and benchmarks. In April 2021 they released data on the skills employers are seeking when evaluating potential new hires, and they identified eight (8) specific career-readiness competencies:

  • Career and Self-Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

We know our employers want these skills, so we're committed to making sure students know what these skills are and how to develop them in meaningful ways, as well as use those experiences to tell their story to recruiters, hiring managers, and in other environments to stand out from the crowd as a highly-proficient applicant. 

CareerBound provides a personalized, data-driven roadmap for improving career readiness. Students measure and track proficiency in the skills employers have identified as high-value and crucial for success in both getting hired and having a successful employee experience.

Throughout the program students develop a portfolio of career-readiness skills and accomplishments which can be easy shared with prospective employers with a single link from the smartphone app.

Icons representing the 8 NACE competencies. Icons republished courtesy of the National Association o