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A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications

What is Job Ready?

Job Ready is the A.Q. Miller School's professional development certification—endorsed by industry professionals—that provides students the skills and resources they need to be proactive, knowledgeable and confident job-seekers.Job Ready

To become certified, students will complete ten (10) Job Ready training sessions from four core development areas:

* resume and personal branding basics

* managing your digital presence

* confident communication

* career exploration

Job Ready certified students will be recognized at the annual A.Q. Miller Awards Ceremony in late April!

Contact: Dr. Danielle LaGree, danilagree@ksu.edu

Who are Job Ready Certified students?

Job Ready certified students know how to confidently communicate with prospective employers to set themselves apart from other candidates and land job offers. They have a clearly developed professional, personal brand that is cohesive across their digital platforms. They are armed with the tools needed to expertly navigate the job market.

What employers are saying about Job Ready

Jay Wachs, CEO, Wachs Media"In today's highly competitive work environment, it is no longer enough to simply have a degree from a major university to obtain employment. The Job Ready program will give KSU students a competitive advantage over other job applicants in their field because the students will learn the necessary skills to brand themselves, communicate at a higher level through various social media platforms and differentiate themselves through targeted employer identification, company-specific employee networking and honed inter personal skills." – Jay Wachs, CEO, Wachs Media

Linda Cook, Director of Community Relations, K-State“The A.Q. Miller School’s Job Ready program provides students with the tools and roadmap to develop the professional and personal skills necessary to be successful in the very competitive journalism and mass communications job market. By having the right skills and the abiliy to convey how you will use those skills to meet a prospective employers needs will be key in landing that first professional job.” –Linda Cook, Chief of Staff and Director of Community Relations, K-State



How to Achieve Job Ready Certification: 5 Easy Steps

1. Complete eight total workshops, two in each of the following categories: The Basics, Managing your Digital Presence, Confident Communication, and Career Exploration

2. Complete two Job Ready “electives”. Examples of electives include becoming a member of a professional-related student club, attending a K-State Career Center event, etc.

3. Secure your space at Job Ready workshops by signing up online <link to workshop schedule>

4. Swipe your student ID at workshops and electives to track your Job Ready progress

5. Once you have completed all requirements, apply for Job Ready Certification, online, by Monday, April 1, 2019


Fall 2018 Job Ready Workshop Schedule


Time & Place


Sign Up!

Monday, Oct. 15

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Kedzie 106

Personal Branding | The Basics

[sign-up link coming soon]

Monday, Oct. 29

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Kedzie 106

Crafting a Stand-out Cover Letter | The Basics

[sign-up link coming soon]

Monday, Nov. 12

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Career Center Theater

Mentors Matter | The Basics

[sign-up link coming soon]

Monday, Dec. 3

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Kedzie 106

Building an Online Portfolio
Managing your Digital Presence

[sign-up link coming soon]


Fall 2018 Job Ready Networking Events

Date      Time & Place            Topic             Sign Up!             
Tuesday, Sept. 185:30-7:00 p.m.
Dole Hall Lobby
Mixer and Mocktails[sign-up link coming soon]
Thursday, Feb. 285:30-7:30 p.m.
Berny Family Welcome Center
Media and Communications Meet-UpRegister in Handshake