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 advisors to evaluate students on these same skills so that the advisor evaluation and self-evaluation can be compared. The evaluation results include national averages so students can also compare their scores with those of their peers from around the country. The evaluation takes between 15 and 20 minutes to complete for both students and advisors. 

The skills that the tool assesses are as follows:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Program & Project Management
  • Information Management
  • Personal Growth & Development