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Get career ready and improve your professional skills with better feedback from your supervisors, coworkers, classmates, professors, and clients!

 

Constructive and regular feedback from supervisors, colleagues, and mentors on your performance can help you learn, grow, and prepare for the next step in your career.

The Toppel team invites you to participate in the Career Readiness Project, an initiative allowing you to streamline the evaluation of any academic or co-curricular experience to prepare you for a successful transition into the 21st-century workplace.

Experiences may include, but are not limited to, academic work/projects, leadership opportunities, work experiences, internships, study abroad, volunteering and community service, and research.

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  • What is the Career Readiness Project?

    The University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center participates in The Career Readiness Project, a program launched by SkillSurvey in partnership with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), to measure how ‘career ready’ students are in eight key competencies following a work-related experience such as an internship, co-op, or on-campus job.

    Through the SkillSurvey platform, students and evaluators complete a 10-minute survey, rating 28-30 behaviors to measure students’ career readiness across the eight competencies, which generates a Career Readiness Report providing students with insights critical to their career preparation and success.

    In addition to the general career readiness survey, SkillSurvey offers a library of 19 other evaluations, where approximately 3-4 of the 28-30 consistent behavioral items have been adapted to include aspects of job-related performance for specific areas such as Arts & Design, Finance, Engineering, Computer Science, Teaching/Education, Research, etc. Click here for a description of the 20 career readiness surveys.

  • What are the eight competencies most sought after by today‚Äôs employers?

    The eight career readiness competencies identified and defined by NACE are listed below.

    CAREER & SELF-DEVELOPMENT

    Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.

    COMMUNICATION

    Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

    CRITICAL THINKING

    Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

    EQUITY & INCLUSION

    Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

    LEADERSHIP

    Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

    PROFESSIONALISM

    Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

    TEAMWORK

    Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

    TECHNOLOGY

    Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

    Each competency area can be acquired, developed, and demonstrated in a variety of ways. Click here for an overview of sample behaviors for each competency. These sample behaviors were used to create the SkillSurvey career readiness surveys.

  • How does the SkillSurvey evaluation process work?

    After you sign up to participate (see the “How Do I Sign Up?” section below) in the Career Readiness Project, you will receive an email prompting you to complete your SkillSurvey evaluation. You will then go through three quick steps to complete your evaluation.

  • Who can evaluate my performance?

    Evaluators may include supervisors/managers, coworkers/colleagues, mentors, internship/volunteer work coordinators, faculty/professors, client/customers, classmates, and/or other individuals who observed your work-related behaviors and can thoroughly assess your performance in a given role. To capture 360° feedback, students are encouraged to request feedback from more than one evaluator.

  • What does a career readiness report entail?

    Here is a sample career readiness report. To understand each section of the report, take a look at this Career Readiness Report Overview

  • What should I do after I receive my career readiness report?

    After receiving your career readiness report, we suggest you set some time to discuss and review your feedback with your evaluator/s. This will help you develop a concrete plan to strengthen your performance in the future based on evaluator comments and suggestions. As you brainstorm ways to improve your competency levels, check out this NACE Competency Mapping sheet for a list of LinkedIn Learning courses aligned with the 8 NACE competencies. In addition, your conversation with your evaluator/s will allow you to identify areas of strengths you can highlight in applications, interviews, portfolios, and networking spaces. Here is a resource offering valuable tips on Making the Most of Your SkillSurvey Career Readiness Report.

    Additionally, the Toppel Career Center is happy to help you explore opportunities and options that can help you achieve your career readiness goals. To meet with an advisor during drop-in hours, please visit us in person or join us via Zoom, Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

  • Am I eligible to participate?

    All University of Miami students who are currently enrolled and interested in receiving feedback from a supervisor, manager, coworker, advisor/mentor, or internship/volunteer work coordinator on their performance from a curricular or co-curricular experience (e.g., leadership opportunities, work experiences, internships, study abroad, volunteering and community service, research, etc.) are eligible to participate in the Career Readiness Project, powered by SkillSurvey.

  • How do I sign up?

    If you’re interested in participating in the Career Readiness Project, please complete this brief form. Your completion of the form will allow us to upload your information into the SkillSurvey system and send you the evaluation link. After both your self-evaluation and supervisor and/or colleague evaluations have been completed, we will generate your career readiness report and email it to you directly.

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  • Where can I go for help?

    If you or your evaluators have any questions, please contact:

    Keashla Marengo
    Associate Director of Career Readiness
    k.marengo@miami.edu

Student Testimonials

“A lot of times, we possess confirmation bias when evaluating our strengths and weaknesses. SkillSurvey has helped remove this bias by giving me concrete metrics on my skills, as evaluated by both myself and then, my managers. Through the platform, I compare what I believe versus what others see, allowing me to tailor my skillset to further enhance my career readiness. Overall, it’s easier to achieve my goals when I have a clear understanding of my abilities.”

     - Bryanna DeSimone, InternU Participant

“SkillSurvey helped me put my career readiness progress into perspective from several different points. I utilized the feedback to gauge what goals I needed to focus on both within my current position and for my future. It was also nice to see the comparison between my personal view on my career readiness and how my supervisors perceive me. I was able to incorporate both their feedback and my opinions into my current career goals. Very helpful tool!”

     - Suraya Buffong, InternU Participant

“I think SkillSurvey has been an easy and comprehensible way for me to get feedback on what skills I am strong at and what skills I can improve. I also enjoy comparing my results over the years to see how my skills have improved or what skills I should continue to work on. It is very easy to use and easy to understand. The skills I see on SkillSurvey also have helped me brainstorm on my strengths and weaknesses when applying to jobs and have been a good resource for finding skills to talk about in interviews and cover letters.”

     - Pasqualina Sagarese, InternU Participant