What Does it Mean to be Career Ready?

March 21, 2019

When you graduate from high school, you have a whole world of choices in front of you. However, despite this world of opportunity, it seems like you have two main choices: attend college or enter the workforce. In many schools, the emphasis on life after high school is put on attending college, but attending college is not for everyone, and that’s okay!

If you are unsure of what you want to do after high school, our team recommends job shadowing or interning to find the field of work you love. Check out our blog to find out what resources are available for you in Battle Creek.

Our team is focused on helping the students of Battle Creek find careers that they love and want to pursue. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to know if you’re even ready for a career right out of high school. That’s why we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you understand what career readiness is and how you can enter your field of interest out of high school.

What Does “Career Readiness” Mean?

Today, a career is not just a job. A career provides you with a sustainable wage and an avenue for advancement in your skills. Being ready for a career means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in job training and also has the education necessary for the career they have chosen. Post-secondary education can include technical or vocational programs, apprenticeships, or on-the-job training.

Are “College Ready and “Career Ready the Same Thing?

While both college and career readiness aim to ensure that high school graduates have the skills needed to succeed in their post-secondary plans, being career ready is different than being college ready. The options and opportunities provided for those entering the workforce after high school are much different than those entering college.

To be college ready, you need to be able to attend a college or university. That means having the grades and skills to succeed in the classroom. To be career ready, however, you need to be prepared to begin training for and working at a job you love.

How Do I Know if I’m Career Ready?

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, there are eight keys to career readiness:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Oral and written communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Digital technology
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and work ethic
  • Career management
  • Global and intercultural fluency

Depending on the field you decide to go into, the importance of these skills may vary. Work with your coaches, mentors, and teachers to develop these skills and prepare you for entering the workforce.


Are you ready to take the next step in career readiness? Battle Creek has resources available to help students find people in Battle Creek that they should be connecting and networking with. The Battle Creek Community Foundation can help you find scholarship opportunities through Michigan Works Southwest and the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center.

Battle Creek CAN (BCCAN) is another great resource in our city that can help you gain access to information necessary for obtaining education beyond high school. Their knowledgeable staff is available to help you achieve your educational goals and prepare for the career of your dreams! They can even help you with financial assistance through The Legacy Scholars program.

Are you ready to enter the workforce but not sure if you’re college ready? Our action teams would love to help you get in touch with the resources and connections you need. Please contact us to learn more.



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