Dukes, Are You Career Ready?


Based on research by hundreds of employers and academics, eight key skills have been identified as the most important to develop in order to succeed in career and life. These include:

  • Career & Self Development
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Equity & Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Teamwork
  • Technology

A Career Ready Duke is someone who is able to connect their education and experiences to the skills needed in their areas of interest and work. Check out the NACE Career Readiness website for more tips on becoming career ready.


Steps to Career Success

We created the Steps to Career Success document to showcase ways that JMU students can build their career-readiness by utilizing University Career Center services and other opportunities available to JMU students outside our office. 


Online Tools

With FOCUS, you can take self-assessment tests, compare careers, look up salary and job outlook information, see the pros and cons of different careers based on your likes and dislikes, explore common careers for certain majors, and save your results for future reference. We recommend you schedule an appointment with an academic or career advisor to help make meaning of your results. 


Handshake is James Madison University’s online career services management system that provides JMU students access to internships, full-time jobs, career fairs, workshops, information sessions, and more. With Handshake, you can: find jobs and internships, research and connect with employers, and improve your job or internship search. 


All JMU students and alumni can use BigInterview to conduct free, online practice interviews with a webcam. With BigInterview, you will have access to frequently asked interview questions, you can choose your own questions, or select a prepared interview. You can record yourself responding to each question, retry, and review the final product to improve your performance.

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