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The SkillSurvey team had a terrific time participating in the NACE Conference and Expo held at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort showcasing SkillSurvey Career Readiness in our expo booth, during pre-conference workshops, session presentations and other conference events. It was great to meet with career services leaders and representatives from attending employer organizations to discuss the critical need to prepare students for success in the workplace.

Networking for a Cure

SkillSurvey was proud to be a part of the “Networking for A Cure” reception benefitting Cure NF with Jack. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is one of the most common neurogenetic disorders, it affects 1 out of every 3,000 births. Through the generous contributions of #NACE19 attendees and event sponsors, the event helped raise nearly $5,000!  We were pleased to have Jack Burke from Cure NF with Jack speak to us during the reception.

Networking for a Cure

The Career Readiness Project – initial findings from over 11,000 evaluators

There was an overflow crowd at the session where we shared the initial data obtained through The Career Readiness Project. The data was presented by Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, NACE, Sherrod Williams, Managing Director, Experiential Learning and Career Readiness at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and Randy Bitting, SkillSurvey’s Vice President, Higher Education and Career Readiness Lead and shared how SkillSurvey and the NACE Center for Career Development and Talent Acquisition are helping institutions obtain hard data to answer the question “How ‘career ready’ are your students”?

Career Readiness Session

There are now nearly 100 founding member institutions who are leveraging an adapted version of our proven HR platform developed by I/O psychologists to measure and assess if their students are ready to enter the workforce.  The team presented the analysis of 6,000 student ratings from over 11,852 evaluators (supervisors/coworkers) at 2,715 companies on 28-30 work behaviors following an internship or student employment during our pilot program.

SkillSurvey Career Readiness helps reduce the burden of collecting post-experience evaluations, and consistently assess students against the eight NACE competencies. Our founding members are getting completed responses from evaluators in just 1.19 Business Days, likely because 27 Percent completed the process from a mobile device.  This quick response rate makes it quick and easy for participating institutions to provide each student an individualized Career Readiness Report.

We’re excited for the upcoming rollout of our new Career Readiness Report, available in just a few weeks.

The New Career Readiness Report Includes:

  • Students’ career readiness index
  • Career readiness levels for the 8 NACE competencies and 28 behaviors based how they compare other students nationally
  • Self-assessment ratings displaying agreement between self-ratings and evaluator’s ratings
  • Evaluator comments to open-ended questions on what work behaviors the student should continue and start to demonstrate
  • Responses to your institution’s or department’s custom questions
  • “How Do I Compare section” highlighting gaps in those competencies deemed as most essential by NACE employer

During the presentation at NACE, The Washington Center shared data from the pilot program and how it is shaping its intern programming.

More than 75 % of its students were rated highly (Proficient or Accomplished) for Global Intercultural Fluency. The areas of Critical Thinking/Problem Solving and Oral/Written Communications showed as the lower rated competencies.  These findings align closely with overall ratings for students in the program from all of the participating institutions. The following chart helps uncover gaps between what employers deem essential and how evaluators rated students:

NACE Session Chart

Sign-up for the next phase of the Career Readiness Project to address the challenge from employers to produce graduates who are ‘career ready’ we have a few remaining open spots in our summer pilot program.

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