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New Year, New Skills: Tips for Developing Your Career Readiness Skills for 2022

by Jesus Delgado ’24, Career Ambassador Jan 3, 2022

I think we can all say that this past year was definitely an improvement over 2020. And while we may not be back to completely normal, we are slowly and steadily marching toward it. Nevertheless, 2022 will be a year filled with new opportunities and horizons for us all!

New Year’s resolutions are important because they push us to try and grow in different areas of our lives. Last year, my fellow Career Ambassador, Matt Walton, provided some tips on how to come up with a Career Development related resolution. This year, I want to provide you with a specific Career Development resolution. I challenge you to set out to develop and improve your 8 Career Readiness Skills. The development of these skills will take time and effort, but will lead you to a more successful future.

Here are the 8 Career Readiness Skills and ways in which you can develop them:

1. Career and Self-Development

Consider creating your Focus2 account by using the access code dsufocus2, completing the career assessments, and reviewing your results with the Career Center. Explore future possibilities by attending Career Fairs and/or Graduate School Fairs whether in-person or online. For instance, the Career Development Center (CDC) is hosting its 5th Annual Health and Wellness Opportunities Expo on February 23rd from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the DeSales University Center (DUC). By updating your resume, practicing your elevator pitch, and connecting with employers you’re able to grow in your Career and Self-Development.

2. Communication

Visit the Career Center for help in mastering the art of writing resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. Prepare for an interview by going online to BigInterview and familiarizing yourself with the STAR technique for answering behavioral-based interview questions.        

3. Critical Thinking

Incorporate the 8 Career Competencies into your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, and personal statements. Ignite your curiosity by continuing to learn and expand your understanding by talking and listening to others. Analyze yourself by learning how to explain to others why you arrived at a particular conclusion/decision.  

4. Equity and Inclusion

Attend any Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Events hosted by DeSales. For example, the Career Development Center is once again partnering with the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion by hosting this semester’s Empowering Connections on March 24th at 5:30pm in the DUC, stay tuned for more information on the topics being discussed! You could also volunteer at a community outreach program. Respectfully talk with those with whom you may disagree and seek to understand their perspective.

5. Leadership

Listen to the Beyond the Tassel Podcast and learn how alumni have grown as leaders. Join a club/sport and fulfill any leadership positions or embrace more responsibilities. Apply to a leadership role on campus, such as an RA, Career Ambassador, or Peer Mentor.  

6. Professionalism

Attend programs hosted by the Career Center such as CareerFEST, the Etiquette Dinner, and National Career Development Week. Ensure your virtual footprint and social media are professional and appropriate in the eyes of employers. Complete an in-person or virtual Mock Interview with the Career Center to practice professionalism for interviews.

7. Teamwork

Sign up to help with activities that will require interacting with various people. Regarding a job or internship, take note of the office culture and collaborate with your fellow workers/interns.    

8. Technology

Ensure your Handshake and LinkedIn are up to date. Attempt to learn unfamiliar computer programs. Investigate the technology and software used by professionals in your desired fields.

Use this list as a springboard for your 2022 Career Readiness plans; however, know that these are not the only ways you can grow as a professional. This list is to provide you with initial ideas. If you feel like you need some outside perspective on ways to grow as a professional you can ALWAYS stop by the CDC. Our office is open Monday through Friday with drop-in hours from 9:00am-3:00pm or you can schedule a Zoom-in appointment!

Remember, just like all New Year’s resolutions, it is okay if you don’t accomplish everything you set out to do. All that matters is that you remain resilient: don’t give up, overcome setbacks, and continue to grow!

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