You are here

Career Readiness

Essential Skills Needed for the Workforce of Educational Opportunities Beyond High School


  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Risk taking


  • Initiative and self-direction
  • Personal responsibility and self-management
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Personal awareness
  • Learn independently
  • Perseverance


  • Core academic foundation
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Communication
  • Global and cultural awareness
  • Ethics and integrity


  • Time management
  • Career literacy
  • Grit and resilience
  • Work ethic; dependable and reliable
  • Self-advocacy

Preparing students for success in the workplace requires an understanding of the labor market landscape and opportunities for students to explore, develop and demonstrate the mindsets, knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for career success.

Not only can effective career readiness activities provide students with an opportunity to explore their individual talents and interests, but they can help students understand how those interests intersect with the needs of the labor market. These activities can also equip students with critical opportunities to enhance their skills and earn industry-recognized credentials to improve employability.

Sector Partnerships

Preparing students for the workforce requires strong partnerships with business and program alignment with the needs of the labor market. In Colorado, Sector Partnerships serve as a key vehicle to help education and other community partners understand and aligning with the needs of business. Watch this video to learn more about these regional, industry-led and community supported partnerships.

Quick Links 


Janae Hunderman
Education Consultant, Colorado Workforce Development Council