Your future is waiting. Get ready and grab it.

Your liberal arts education equips you with ten highly desirable Core Career Competencies. Here at Get Ready, you'll unlock your ability to communicate your liberal arts advantage—and realize the opportunities that will pave the way to your future success.

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Whether your career path is well-defined—or invites more questions than answers, CLA is here to help.

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Explore the Core Career Competencies with resources CLA has created just for you, including:

Then, make revealing connections between your liberal arts experiences and future opportunities with RATE.

You can start your journey to becoming a highly competitive candidate right now.

Have you explored Get Ready before?

Great! Use this resource throughout your experience at CLA. You’ll gain confidence in your competencies and your ability to articulate them—accelerating a clear lead over other candidates.

Future success


You can strengthen your competencies through a broad range of experiences, including:

  • Academics
  • Internships
  • Research
  • Volunteering
  • Learning abroad
  • Student groups
  • Leadership
  • Part-time jobs, on or off campus

And, when you regularly RATE those experiences, you'll assess your progress and be rewarded by the discoveries you make. (Remember: Self reflection is a critical element of your success.)

Continue to watch the competency and alumni videos, too. As you do, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the value these competencies bring to your future career.


Extraordinary careers don’t happen by accident. So, when life presents a pivotal opportunity, leverage RATE for the deliberate process that will help you prepare and succeed.

By reflecting on your own experiences, you'll discover your own way to translate those meaningful experiences into innumerable contexts—helping you clearly demonstrate your value.

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Reflect. Articulate. Translate. Evaluate. (RATE)

This reflective and self-assessment framework will help you clearly communicate the value of your liberal arts education, so you can seize crucial career opportunities.

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Discover how the liberal arts open doors

Each of these videos gives you valuable insight into the Core Career Competencies you gain in CLA—and how they help you make an impact. For real-world connections, dive into the CLA alumni videos.

Analytical & Critical Thinking

Applied Problem Solving

Ethical Reasoning & Decision Making

Innovation & Creativity

Digital Literacy

Career Management

Engaging Diversity

Active Citizenship & Community Engagement

Teamwork & Leadership

Oral & Written Communication

Dig into the 10 Core Competencies

Employers and alumni tell us these 10 competencies are most critical in enabling career success. Deepen your understanding of each one and measure your progress with RATE.

CLA is here to help

Connect with your CLA academic advisors and career counselors, check out the Career Readiness Guide—and chart your course for future success.