Professional Competencies

GW's Career Competencies are based on research conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) since 2014 with employers and students to define what employers consider to be essential for recent graduates’ Career Readiness and success. These competencies are critical to student success regardless of industry or sector.

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Critical Thinking

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions and find innovative solutions.

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Demonstrate Integrity through work ethic, personal accountability, professional image, and ethical behavior.

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Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly both in person and in writing.

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Build collaborative and effective relationships with colleagues and clients for productive outcomes.

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Technology & Data

Manage and use technology and data to create and efficiently solve problems.

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Utilize interpersonal skills to coach, develop and motivate others to accomplish goals and/or facilitate change.

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Enhance understanding of diversity and foster a welcoming environment that actively embraces and empowers diverse perspectives.

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Career Development 

Create short and long-term career goals and identify areas for self-advocacy and professional growth.