Fall 2017 Edition
Career Readiness
Helping college students prepare for a successful transition into the workplace is dependent on a few competencies that will help them be successful. 

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has defined "career readiness" as the, "attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace." 

A brief summary of each competency is listed below:

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: 
  • Analyze issues, make decisions & overcome problems
  • Ability to understand, interpret and utilize knowledge or data in decision making
  • Demonstrate inventiveness
Oral/Written Communications
  • Ability to effectively speak and write to person both in/outside of the organization
  • Utilize public speaking skills 
  • Write memos, letters and technical reports
  • Collaborate across race, age, gender, lifestyle, religion and viewpoints
  • Able to work across team structures and manage conflict
Digital Technology
  • Leverage technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems
  • Showcase ability to adapt to new and emerging technologies 
  • Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals
  • Use skills to coach, develop, guide and motivate others
  • Show ability to organize, prioritize and delegate work
Professionalism/Work Ethic
  • Demonstrate accountability and effective work habits
  • Demonstrate integrity and ethical behavior
  • Able to learn from their mistakes and works responsibly with interests of organization in mind
Career Management
  • Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge and experiences 
  • Identify areas of personal growth
  • Understands how to actively self-advocate and seek professional growth opportunities
Global/Intercultural Fluency
  • Value, respect and learn from diverse cultures, experiences, lifestyles and perspectives
  • Demonstrate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and ability to interact respectfully
Helping Students Create their Career Readiness "Tool Kit"

Assisting students with career readiness happens both within the classroom and through their co-curricular involvement. Educating students that their opportunities for success in the workforce are highly dependent on their involvement and coursework is key. Career Services has multiple opportunities to assist students with translating their college experience into a credible and useful tool. 

Opportunities that students can take part in are:
  1. Career Planning Course: A semester-long course that assists students through every facet of career planning and preparedness. Career Services staff offer insights into academic major selection, career search tools, graduate school searches, resumes, cover letters, interviews and more. This course is offered every spring semester.
  2. RU Career Account: Career Services offers students the unique opportunity to not only career search via an online job board but to create a unique user profile to help them perfect their job search. This interactive tool allows them to submit resume and cover letters for review but also save and select jobs that fit their desired career path. 
  3. One to One Advising: Whether students are looking for resume and cover letter guidance or wishing to finesse their interview skills, Career Services has the ability to help them. The department offers mock interviews for everything from resident assistant positions, graduate and medical school, to full-time employment at large firms and small companies. 
  4. LinkedIn Review: Not only can Career Services assist in making your profile stand out but we offer mini-learning sessions to show you how to utilize LinkedIn's unique tools to assist students with their job search.
Featured Career Event 
Meet the Firms - Business Career Fair

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Convocation Center
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Meet the Firms will offer students interested in a business career path the opportunity to meet with employer partners related to finance, accounting, data analytics and other business related areas. 

Confirmed Employer Partners:
- Anders CPA & Advisors - MarksNelson
- Mize Houser & Company
- Broker Source - Murphy Hoffman Company
- Myers & Stauffer
Defense Contract Audit Agency
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- DST Systems
- RubinBrown
- Ernst & Young - Sherwin Williams
- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - State Street
- KPMG - More Employer Registrations to Follow

Upcoming Events Fall 201 7

Meet the Firms - Business Career Fair
Tuesday, September 5
Convocation Center
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Mock Interview Day

Tuesday, October 10

Massman 250

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Spotlight on Teaching

Wednesday, October 18

Community Center

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Nonprofit Speed Networking

Wednesday, November 8

Massman Gallery

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Go to our website for the most updated event information.


RU Interns
Cooperative Education Program

Tahnee Cooper, Junior Applied Mathematics & Psychology student, has this to say about her experience in the professional setting.

"I am currently an intern at Commerce Bank in the Enterprise Analytics and Business Intelligence department. This internship has been an eye-opener for me in terms of what I thought the world of data would look like. The majority of my time is spent on cleaning up data sets and interpreting what the line of business is actually wanting." 

"If I had one piece of advice to offer, it is to never stop asking questions.  There is no shame in not knowing the answers; in fact, it should be expected that you don't know all the answers as an intern. Asking questions shows that you are engaged and have motivation."

Don't Cancel Your Class
If you have to miss a day of class, invite us to guest lecture on the resources that Career Services has to offer. Contact Mike Theobald (ext. 4861)  if interested.
Employer open houses and hall tables are posted on our social media. 
Check weekly for these networking opportunities.
RU Career Services

Mike Theobald | Director of Career Services |

Caelee Lehman | Assistant Director of Career Services |