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.
Why is the Engagement Record important?
Keep track of all your activities in one place:Achievements
Accomplishments and/or recognition of special effort which includes and is not limited to awards, scholarships, honors, authorship, artistic expression, etc.Employment
On campus or off campus employment, work study and non-work study.Campus Involvement
Membership in registered student organizations or other campus-based groups; participation in NCAA athletics, club sports, intramural sports, NAU Outdoors, or other fitness/recreation programs; theater or music performances or fine arts shows; attendance at campus events.Leadership
Positions held in registered student organizations or community groups; participation in campus leadership programs such as the Edge Leadership Experience or Presidential Leadership Fellows; attendance at leadership seminars, workshops, or conferences either on or off campus.Certificates/Trainings/Conferences
Certifications received from an established oversight organization (e.g., Wilderness First Responder, Certified Nursing Assistant); or credible program (e.g., SafeJacks, MyStudentBody). Trainings facilitated by established and credible educational bodies or instructors (e.g., 40 hour Nonviolent Communication Training, Yoga Teacher Training, Situational Leadership Training). Conferences hosted by a professional association (e.g., American Society of Civil Engineers: Geo-Risk 2017 Conference), paraprofessional association (e.g., Residence Life Conference Day), or credible interest group (e.g., SBS Living Compassion Conference, NAU Undergraduate Symposium).Experiential Learning
Guided experience outside of the traditional classroom through which students increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values. The process of experiential learning promotes meaningful reflection, critical analysis, and synthesis. These experiences include internships, fieldwork, research, practicums, participation in student advisory committees and study abroad.Community Service
Non-paid service activities; work in civic activities or political campaigns, participation at any non-profit agency or other community organization including one time or on-going service.
Develop your resume
Your Engagement Record can be used as a reference when creating your resume to apply for jobs and internships. Beyond academic success, more employers are looking for well-rounded individuals who have learned, volunteered and led outside of the classroom. Keep in mind that your resume isn’t just a place to list past work experience but also an opportunity to showcase your co-curricular involvement during your time at NAU and to articulate the skills you have gained.
For tips on developing your resume and adding your relevant experience, take a look at NAU Career Development’s resume tips, samples and best practices.
Want to have your resume reviewed or need some extra help? Schedule an appointment with a Career Development team member using Handshake or request a workshop for your organization or group.
Boost your applications
Whether you’re applying for graduate school, scholarships, awards, or jobs, your application can benefit from activities and experiences. You can track all of your experiences and even their relevant dates and total hours to make applications easy. The Engagement Record serves as a reference for your own records and needs, but you can also save and print your record as needed.
No matter how you use the Engagement Record, it’s important to keep it up to date as you progress through school, recording your experiences as you complete them so that you always have a current record to refer to.
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.
How to use the Engagement Record Tool