The CARDS (Career Action & Readiness Discussion for Students) Program is an initiative to help on-campus student employees connect the education being acquired in the classroom with the professional skills being applied through their positions on campus. Through the incorporation of a collaborative model in which on-campus student employee supervisors have directed dialogue with their student employees about work outcomes, student employees will reflect on accomplishments and understand how they are better prepared to have long-term career success.
Success in the CARDS Program is directly relatable to how much accountability both the employer and the supervisor have to the process along with the level of self-reflection that each person is able to engage in. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has outlined seven core competencies that indicate future success within their chosen profession along with their "career readiness."
NACE defines "career readiness" as the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace (NACE). The seven core competencies in which students will be evaluated on during the CARDS program are:
1) Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
2) Oral/Written Communications
4) Information Technology Application
6) Professionalism/Work Ethic
7) Career Management