Experiences shaped by a rigorous curriculum and opportunities for service and leadership prepare students with career competencies for life after Sewanee.


The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has identified eight career competencies.

1) career & self-development

Proactively develop oneself and one's career through continual personal & professional learning, awareness of one's strengths & weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one's organization.

2) communication

Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

3) critical thinking 

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

4) equity & inclusion

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures.  Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures, and policies of racism.

5) leadership

Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.

6) professionalism

Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

7) teamwork

Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating diverse viewpoints and shared responsibilities.

8) TEchnology 

Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.