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Develop tomorrow’s career-ready leaders today through access to world-class experiences, academic opportunities and support from the Daniels School of Business community.

Competency development contributes to student success before and after graduation. It takes the collaborative teamwork of students, faculty, employers and alumni to accomplish the CareerBound mission and vision. The Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business will integrate competency development into curriculum and co-curriculum, measure and assess student engagement in career readiness, and provide support through coaching and mentorship opportunities to enhance competency implementation.
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To make the Daniels School undergraduate experience transformational.

We will use the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness competencies as our standard. These competencies have been developed and defined through a task force comprised of representatives of the higher education and corporate sides within NACE.  Student progression through the levels of competency accomplishment will be assessed and recognized through assigned digital platforms.

Career Readiness

Strong, demonstrable foundations in the skills that prepare students to successfully land the job and launch their career.

We commit to providing students a best-in-class career readiness program built upon the eight key competencies NACE has identified as crucial for securing employment and ongoing career success. Daniels School students enjoy individualized, data-backed development opportunities and can showcase personal growth and accomplishments throughout their journey.

CareerBound Career Readiness Competencies

Career readiness competencies are embedded within and achieved through curriculum and co-curricular activities. Peer and alumni mentorships are also available to further provide competency development opportunities.

For Students

CareerBound is here to help you prepare and to succeed in your academic journey and career. By acquiring new skills and competencies, you can develop your personal brand and demonstrate your accomplishments to potential employers.

Incoming first-year students can take advantage of L.E.A.P., a virtual summer career readiness program. The 2024 online program runs July 8-August 2. 

Career readiness competencies are embedded within and achieved through curriculum and co-curricular activities. Peer and alumni mentorships are also available to further provide competency development opportunities.

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For Faculty

Daniels School of Business faculty are an integral part of the CareerBound team. By mapping curriculum and co-curriculum learning and activities to competencies, you are enabling students to advance their skillsets and to successfully transition into the workplace.

Faculty engagement and forward movement along the pathway of Awareness, Support, Engagement, Collaboration and Partnership related to the CareerBound program will enable student success.

Roy Dejoie teaching

Purdue University Krannert School of Management CareerBound Program received the Outstanding New Program Award in 2021

For Employers

Our CareerBound program identifies eight competencies which are most sought after by employers. Graduating students who champion these competencies are better prepared to become effective team members who positively contribute to organizational goals.

How it works

  • Preparing students for career success
  • Internships
  • First Job after Graduation
  • Beyond

There are several ways employers can play an integral part in student development through the CareerBound program. Here are a few:

  • Unique opportunities to engage with students
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Senior Assessment
  • Employer Advisory Board
Krannert Career Fair

For Alumni

Alumni are an important contributor in the overall successes and preparedness of our students. We highly value the role our alumni play in sharing their insights and industry knowledge with students to help prepare them for their careers and life beyond the Daniels School.

The CareerBound program promotes student development in career readiness competencies. We are excited about your partnership to advance our students along the pathway to career success through competency awareness and implementation!

  • Alumni Mentor Program
  • Alumni in the Classroom Initiative
  • Executive in Residence
  • Additional Engagement Opportunities

Learn more and get involved

Scholarship Dinner - Jane Brock-Wilson with students