Benefits of Connect
A Career Connect activity offers students an opportunity to engage in real-life experiences in curricular and/or co-curricular settings. Every UNT student already has access to a wide range of these existing activities including internships, volunteer work, research projects, study abroad trips, etc. With Career Connect, as students complete these experiential activities, important skills like communication, teamwork, and critical thinking can be evaluated. Additionally, students are able to integrate the work with their other experiences by reflecting and identifying the skills they build as a result of these activities- all to prepare them with marketable skills for careers and graduate degrees.
What can get badged?
Any co-curricular program requirement that includes all of the following can allow a student to get badged in one of the Career Connect skill areas:
- Integrates students’ ePortfolio use into a student experience
- Requires students to develop a product or activity that can be observed, rated, and reflected upon
- Requires students to reflect on their learning activity and product by providing answers to Career Connect reflection statements
- Integrates student learning in one or more of the following skills: written communication, oral communication, teamwork, or critical thinking
- Develops an outcome or program that involves real-life experiences (experiential learning) and may include a community partnership benefiting both students and the community partner
If students accumulate these badges across their curricular and co-curricalar experiences, it allows them to gain a credential that would appear on an alternative transcript. This credential achievement would have a direct link to your activity as well as the other projects that got them to this point. Learn more about badges here.