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Get the Employment Edge with Digital Badges

Improve your employability with digital badges that recognize the skills and opportunities you participate in outside of the formal classroom. Get credit for your skills and experience-based learning when you begin your job searching journey.

Add your digital badge recognition to your LinkedIn profile, resumé, or online portfolio to highlight specific abilities that can give you the edge in the job market.

How Does it Work?

Digital badges and programming are free and available to all University of Regina students.

You can earn eight different types of experiential digital badges. All of them pair theory and hands-on learning. You can also use the same activities for multiple badges!

To earn a badge, you must attend, track, and reflect on activities. You will meet with an Experiential Learning Coordinator to complete the process.

How do I Get Started?

It's easy to start earning your experiential digital badges:

  1. Take a look at the eight badge types listed below to find out what's involved, the requirements, and the skills you'll gain for each badge.

  2. Complete this form to make an appointment to speak to an Experiential Learning Coordinator and start the process.

  3. Start attending workshops, gaining career help, and job searching on U of R Symplicity. This is your dashboard for CESL programming and more!

Experiential Badge Types

Campus Employment Badge

Description

The Campus Employment badge recognizes students who have worked at the University of Regina in student positions. Students who complete this badge have shown commitment to an employer, met employment expectations, and should have earned a reference from university staff.

Requirements

New student employee preparation session (1 hour)

Resumé workshop (60 minutes)

Individual resumé review (45 minutes)

Interview prep workshop (60 minutes)

Mock interview (45 minutes)

Student Success Centre workshops of your choice (45 minutes)

3 terms of employment on campus (3 different units or 1 unit for three semesters. These can be overlapped)

TOTAL: 5.25 hours (workshops) + 300 hours worked (minimum)

Skills gained

Collaborative teamwork

University spirit

Accountability

Customer service
Career Basics Badge

Description

Career Basics will enable students to succeed in their experiential learning journey. Student will feel prepared to join opportunities in the community (paid or unpaid). This badge meets the initial requirements towards earning an Experiential Learning designation (coming soon).

Requirements

Career Exploration Workshop (60 minutes)

Career Cruising Self-Assessment & Reflection (45 minutes)

Resumé workshop (60 minutes)

Interview workshop (45 minutes)

Resumé & Cover Letter Review (45 minutes)

Computer Workshop (60 minutes)

Time Management Workshop (45 minutes)

1 of the Cultural Awareness workshops (60 minutes)

TOTAL: 7 hours (plus resume/interview preparation)

Skills gained

Self-awareness

Career evaluation

Career development

Cultural awareness

Communication of strengths

Career Readiness Badge

Description

Students will gain knowledge and skills on how to articulate the skills and experiences they have developed throughout their degree in a resumé and cover letter, and how to present their knowledge, skills, and abilities in an interview. They will have participated in at least one career fair to connect with potential employers. This badge meets the final requirements towards earning an Experiential Learning designation (coming soon).

Requirements

Prerequisite: Career Basics Badge

Job searching workshop (60 minutes)

Individual resumé review meeting (45 minutes)

Attended a career fair event (60 minutes)

Networking etiquette workshop (60 minutes)

Skills for Success Self-Assessment workbook (30 minutes)

TOTAL: 4.25 hours (plus resumé/interview preparation, and Career Basics Badge)

Skills gained

Communicate effectively

Clear and concise writing

Effective networking

Self-awareness

Self-promotion

Community Service Badge

Description

The Community Service badge will recognize students' commitment to their community and service learning. Students will have the opportunity to gain some insight with non-profits and hands-on experience.

Requirements

Volunteer Preparation workshop (60 minutes)

Volunteer placement reflection (30 minutes)

Resumé workshop (60 minutes)

Individual resumé review (45 minutes)

TOTAL: 150 hours of volunteer placement work approved by CESL

Skills gained

Collaborative teamwork

Accountability

Service learning

Community appreciation
Cultural Awareness Badge

Description

The Cultural Awareness badge will open students to global views and perspectives. Students will develop an understanding of various cultures and how to work respectfully in diverse environments, and will engage in culturally diverse programs and events on campus.

Requirements

3-part cultural workshop series (3 hours)

Peer Advisor (1 term) (10 hours)

Seasons of Reconciliation Training (4 hours)

1 event hosted through one of the following & reflection (1 hour):

  • UR International
  • ta-tawâw Student Centre
  • Office of Indigenous Engagement
  • First Nations University of Canada

TOTAL: 19 hours

Skills gained

Mindfulness of intercultural differences

Understanding of cultural transition difficulties

Intercultural communication

Preparation for work abroad

Ability to establish meaningful connections

Ability to work in a global environment

Student Engagement Badge

Description

The Student Engagement badge will push students outside of their comfort zone to engage with others, build meaningful connections, discover opportunities for their future, and learn the importance of networking.

Requirements

6-week presentation skills workshop (8 hours)

Networking etiquette workshop (60 minutes)

Elective (must complete at least 4 events from 2 categories):

  • Attend & reflect: University of Regina Students' Union (URSU) event
  • Attend & reflect: CESL event
  • Attend & reflect: Athletics event
  • Attend & reflect: Recreation Services event
  • Attend & reflect: Faculty-based event
  • Attend & reflect: Housing event
  • Attend & reflect: Student Success workshop

TOTAL: minimum ~ 13 hours

Skills gained

Effective networking

Confident communication

Advanced self-reflection

Building relevent connections
Leadership Badge

Description

This Leadership badge will give students the needed foundation in order to take on leadership positions with confidence. The leadership workshops will offer students an understanding of leadership traits, theories, and tips to build leadership skills. The experience component of this badge will allow students to apply what they have learned in the workshops to a real-life leadership role.

Requirements

5-week leadership workshop (5 hours)

6-week presentation skills workshop (8 hours)

Elective (must complete at least one program):

  • Student council position (association, society, club, URSU organization)
  • Resident Assistant (minimum 2 academic terms)
  • Complete Ambassador Leader Program
  • Senior Ambassador for 8 months
  • Complete Peer Advisor Program

TOTAL: 13 hours plus leadership position

Skills gained

Confident public speaking

Effective leadership

Cohesive teamwork
Mentorship Badge

Description

Mentorship is a relationship-based experience that enables and influences the two parties to grow personally and professionally. Students will gain relevant information in order to begin the process of engaging in different types of the mentoring and coaching experiences.

Requirements

Career exploration workshop (60 minutes)

Social media workshop (60 minutes)

Ten Thousand Coffee meetings: 2 meetings & reflections (90 minutes)

Job interview: Interview a leader in the industry (Centre will help connect you) (60 minutes)

Elective (must complete at least one program):

  • UR International Peer Advisor - 1 academic year
  • Ambassador or Community Pen Pal Program - 1 academic year
  • Job shadowing - 15 hours

TOTAL: Minimum 20 hours

Skills gained

Effective networking

Confident communication

Regular self-reflection

Transformational career evaluation

Digital badges and programming are free and available to all University of Regina students. Start now and get the employment edge with digital badges!