We prepare graduates that are career ready—PIONEER READY. Tusculum graduates become better equipped to meet the demands of a 21st century workforce, have a better understanding of their careers, are able to collaborate effectively, and exhibit positive
work habits.

Tusculum University offers career services to Online, Dual Enrollment, Greeneville, Knoxville, and Morristown students and alumni.

NOTE: To schedule an appointment, please contact your college’s dean or your academic program director.

Since career development occurs over a lifetime, students are encouraged to explore the resources posted on this website and take an active role in career preparation, during each year of study, in order to become “career ready.”

Universities and recruiting employers throughout the country have developed eight career readiness competencies through the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).


Career readiness is the attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition into the workplace.

To learn more about the NACE career readiness competencies go to the website at www.naceweb.org.


Career Management

Identify and effectively articulate skills, strengths, knowledge, work-relevant experiences and areas of growth to navigate job options and continue to assess, identify, and pursue opportunities for future professional development and career growth.


Develop collaborative relationships with coworkers from multiple diverse populations and viewpoints, developing a strong team of colleagues, who display the ability to manage conflicts and thrive.

Professionalism/Work Ethic

Demonstrate the effective work habits of punctuality, working productively with others, time management, professional work image, personal accountability, integrity, and ethical conduct.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Implement sound reasoning and analytic skills to make decisions and develop solutions to problems.

Oral/Written Communications

Communicate thoughts and ideas clearly to a variety of persons in multiple settings and demonstrate strong public speaking skills to ensure the message is heard.

Digital Technology

Utilize appropriate technology to complete tasks ethically and effectively, while demonstrating nimble adaptability to utilize new technologies.


Recognize, develop, and utilize the strengths of others to achieve common goals by implementing genuine empathy and other strong interpersonal skills to guide and motivate others.

Global/Intercultural Fluency

Communicate openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and respectful interaction with all people from multiple diverse populations and viewpoints, understanding individual differences.