Our Career Development Approach


Our Approach

The Career Readiness Model

Drew University’s Center for Career Development draws from professional standards and competencies developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to deliver its career readiness programs and services. NACE defines career readiness as “a foundation from which to demonstrate requisite core competencies that broadly prepare the college educated for success in the workplace and lifelong career management.”

We believe in this model and definition of career readiness for two key reasons:

  • Career readiness is valuable across career paths; competencies developed are useful regardless of where your career path may take you or which industry you may decide to work in.
  • Career readiness provides a framework for lifelong development; professionals develop in each of the career readiness competency areas throughout their careers, not just while at Drew.

Internships and other career development activities at Drew look to develop participants’ career readiness competencies, each of which are listed below. Definitions and behaviors below are provided courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Career Readiness Competencies