Engagement Record

My Engagement Record

What is the Engagement Record?

Your Engagement Record is an unofficial, self-reported record of your experiences and accomplishments while attending Northern Arizona University. These experiences are meant to reflect your activities both in and out of the classroom. Your Engagement Record is your opportunity to capture your unique experiences in detail, communicating them in the language of transferable skills that are relevant to employers so you can leverage your experiences into new opportunities.

What Are Transferable Skills?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers has identified seven key skills that students are likely to gain from their extracurricular and classroom activities. As you enter your experiences into the Engagement record, consider which of the following skills you’ve gained as part of your time at NAU and how those would apply toward your future career:

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
    Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.
  • Oral/Written Communications
    Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
    Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict. 
  • Digital Technology
    Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.
  • Leadership
    Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.
  • Professionalism/Work Ethic
    Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency
    Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates, openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Why is the Engagement Record important?