Career Competencies: Your Passport to Professionalism

To be selected for an interview for an internship or a full-time entry-level position, students need to have the technical skills (requirements) listed in the job description. To get a job offer, students need to show employers they are career ready.

What does it mean to be career ready? It means candidates possesses professional skills employers view as valuable. These highly sought-after skills are known as career competencies and include career & personal development, communication, critical thinking, equity & inclusion, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology. To assist students in understanding how to leverage these skills in interviews and when talking with recruiters, Embry-Riddle offers a self-paced, interactive program called Eagle Elevate.

The opportunity to acquire career competencies is embedded in the student experience—in coursework, co-curricular activities (clubs and organizations), student employment, research, special projects, volunteer work, civic engagement, and more. In the Eagle Elevate program, students reflect on what they’ve learned, document their learning, and practice how to illustrate the competencies on their resumes and in interviews. Through participating in the program students earn digital badges in each career competency and a certificate of achievement once all 8 badges are earned. The digital badges and certificate can be shared on LinkedIn, Handshake, and social media.

The program is accessed through Canvas. Each badge is earned in three steps: Learn It, Do It, and Show It.

Learn It: How the competency was learned

Students list the activity or experience they participated in which helped them to learn one of the competencies and take a short self-assessment. Activities include ERAU courses, a workshop or training, or another activity. (Minimum 3 hours.)

Do It: How the competency was put into practice

Eagle Elevate offers short reflective exercises to help students integrate what they are learning and how to illustrate it on resumes. Students must document 45 hours in two or more activities such as on-campus employment, capstone project, club/organization leadership and participation, internship or co-op, research, service learning, study abroad, alternative spring break, or other experiences.

Show It: Practice these new professional skills

The STAR-L method of answering interview questions is reviewed and students record a video response to a behavioral interview question related to the competency.

How do students benefit?

Students leverage activities and experiences they already participate in to acquire and exhibit important skills employers seek when making hiring decisions. By displaying earned digital badges in the competencies, Embry-Riddle students stand out when applying for internships or jobs. Digital badges give students:

  1. Recognition—for things they already do or have already done
  2. Visibility—by sharing what they have accomplished with potential employers
  3. Distinction—by standing out for having gone above & beyond and proving it

How do employers benefit?

Employers benefit because they will be able to quickly identify candidates who have developed career competencies and are career ready. They can select students to interview by looking at the badges the students have earned. Employers know career ready candidates add immeasurable value to the overall organization and its goals.

By participating in Eagle Elevate and earning digital badges, Embry-Riddle students will be interview and job ready. They will both understand the career ready skills employers seek and will know how to leverage these in interviews. In short, students will have the foundation needed to confidently launch their careers to the next level.