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.
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.
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
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
- 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?