NACA® Employability Skills Assessment

Welcome to the NACA Employability Skills Assessment 

NACA Employability Skills Assessment

The NACA® Employability Skills Assessment is an assessment tool designed to help students as they prepare for their next step after graduation – their careers. It was developed in 2016 in response to a survey published annually by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) in which employers identify the skills they are seeking from recent college graduates. NACE released a new set of career readiness competencies in 2021, and a group of NACA volunteers and staff used these as a foundation for updating the assessment.

This tool allows students to evaluate themselves on the skills employers seek, and it provides them with suggestions for mastering these skills through their involvement on campus and personal reflection. As an added option, this tool also allows you to evaluate them on these same skills so that they can compare their self-evaluation with that of their advisor. The evaluation results include national averages so students can also compare their scores with those of their peers from around the country. The skills that the tool assesses are as follows:

  1. Communication
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
  4. Teamwork
  5. Leadership
  6. Program & Project Management
  7. Information Management
  8. Personal Growth & Development

The evaluation will take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete for both students and advisors. To get started, click on the button below. If you would like to utilize the Employability Skills Assessment​, are an advisor at a member institution, and do not already have an NACA user account, please click here to contact us. You will need to supply your name, job title, institution, business phone number, and email.

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