Competency Symposium


Competency Symposium 2020
at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX


The 4th Annual Career Competencies Symposium (4.0), building on three previous sold out events in 2017, 2018, and 2019, will engage attendees in approaches to implementing substantive, institutional-wide strategies for both beginners as well as those with competency initiatives already in place. Symposium content and program design is based on four essential components:


  • Conceptualizing and Planning – Establish a Plan
  • Coalition Building – Stakeholder Engagement
  • Resources – People, Money, Technology
  • Assessment – Measuring Impact, Making Improvements

For beginners, thorough introduction to the NACE Career Readiness Competencies, foundational competency implementation strategies, and a focus on campus-specific considerations will provide attendees the opportunity to develop strategic action plans for their campus. For the intermediate/advanced, crowd-sourcing for new ideas, learning from the best practices of others, and strategies designed to enhance institutional effectiveness will provide opportunities to advance existing and on-going competency initiatives.


Sessions will facilitate meaningful sharing and collaboration among all attendees, accompanied by tailored discussions and activities to maximize learning and strategic takeaways. Institutions sending teams (career services, administrators, faculty, advisors, etc.), which is highly encouraged, will be able to attend relevant affinity group sessions to hear multiple perspectives on implementation strategies. Institutions sending an individual will be able to network with other individual attendees to collaborate on strategy development and approaches to implementation.


New for Competency Symposium 4.0:

  • Pillar Primer: an optional lunch session for individuals new to the symposium during which the four pillars will be introduced
  • Expanded Affinity Group Meet Ups: time to connect, share, and ideate with professionals at similar intuition types [large 4-year institution (10,000+), medium 4-year institution (3,000 – 9,999), small 4-year institution (0 – 2,999), 2-year institutions, and employers].
  • Assessment Data Alignment: Competency Symposium assessment data will be aligned and reviewed during the relevant pillar breakout sessions

Features Back by Popular Demand:

  • Blueprints: method to share ideas and spark discussions – see examples in “Engaging Campus Stakeholders” here.
  • Pillars: Competency Framework Pillars to guide discussions
  • Workbook: Workbook to capture ideas, strategies, plans, and action items
  • Affinity Group Meet Ups: time to connect, share, and ideate with professionals in a similar role (career services, campus partners, faculty, service providers, and employers)

The symposium is designed to bring faculty, career services staff, administrators, student affairs staff, employers, and service providers together to discuss strategic campus wide approaches. In 2019, over 400 attendees from over 100 institutions attended the day and a half Symposium.


Mark your calendars today and make plans to attend the fourth annual Competency Symposium at The University of Texas at Austin from May 20-21, 2020.


See you in May!

Registration, Hotel and Travel Information


2019 Symposium Summary and Survey Results [pdf]


Highlights of the 2019 Symposium





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